September 5, 2010

Making Magic Bread

Among the many fabulous things I did on this Labor Day weekend with my sister is bake challah - which I have been meaning to do forever. Here's the recipe we used (it was a hit!)
Challah Recipe
(from Grace)
2 packages dry yeast
2.5 cups warm water
0.5 cup honey
0.75 cup oil
4 eggs
9 cups flour
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 tbsp water
Poppy seeds
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Dissolve yeast in water in a large bowl. Add honey and let stand for 2 minutes or until yeast ferments.
3. Add salt, oil, and eggs and mix well
4. Gradually add flour, 2 cups at a time, mixing after each addition. As mixture gets stiff, use floured hands and begin kneading. Knead for at least 7 minutes, turning dough over often.
5. Let rise in greased bowl until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
Punch down. Separate challah without blessing.
6. Divide dough into thirds, shape as desired and place in greased pan or baking sheet. Let rise again until doubled in size.
7. Brush with glaze. Bake for 45 minutes.
the blessing that we like (that is not correct for a Jewish meal, but whatever...)
"namaste" (I bow to the divine within you)

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