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Challah Bread

Serves: 12CategoriesBreadMachine: MixerTotal time (min.): 220
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Challah is a special traditional Jewish bread that is usually braided and served on Shabbat (Sabbath) and most Jewish Holidays. This recipe uses the warming function twice to prove the dough in the bowl, the dough then requires a final prove once shaped. We’ve topped it with sesame seeds or onion seeds, but you could use poppy seeds, or a mixture of seeds if you prefer




    1. Line a clean baking tray with parchment paper then set aside
    2. Attach Dough Tool
    3. Add all purpose flour, water and active dried yeast to the EasyWarm Bowl
    4. Mix with splashguard fitted - 5 min, Speed 2
    5. Prove with splashguard fitted - 1 hr, 2
    6. Then add bread flour, vegetable oil, honey, egg, salt and all purpose flour to the EasyWarm Bowl
    7. Mix with splashguard fitted - 10 min, Speed 1
    8. Prove with splashguard fitted - 1 hr, 2
    9. Transfer dough to lightly floured surface
    10. Divide into 2 equal pieces
    11. Divide each half into 4 equal pieces
    12. Shape each piece into a ball
    13. Shape each ball into a 30 cm long rope (12"), tapered at each end
    14. Cover half with kitchen towel then set aside
    15. Pinch 4 lengths of the remaining dough together at one end and braid into a loaf
    16. Pinch the ends together and tuck both ends of the braid under the loaf
    17. Transfer shaped dough to baking tray
    18. Repeat with the rest
    19. Cover loosely with plastic wrap
    20. Prove - 35 min
    21. Pre-heat oven - 180°C
    22. Remove the plastic wrap from the baking sheet
    23. Add egg and water to a clean small bowl
    24. Beat lightly until combined
    25. Brush the dough with the egg wash
    26. Sprinkle with sesame seeds
    27. Bake until golden brown - 30 min, 180°C
    28. Remove from oven
    29. Transfer onto cooling rack and let cool
    30. Serve warm

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