I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Challah - Recipe way past due!

I try to keep challah in this house at all times. Amelia loves it with cream cheese and Leo, with peanut butter. I love it with all of the above, plus honey, smart balance or jam and Danny just loves it - that's who I really make it for! I am posting the recipe without pics because those will come tomorrow....

This recipe comes from Joan Nathan, but I can't find the link and I think I changed the times a little:
Here's what I throw into the mixer:
1 3/4 c. warm water and 1 scant tbsp active yeast - wait for some action
Add 1/2 c. + 1/8 c. sugar, 4 eggs, 1/2 c. canola oil and 1 tbsp salt...let combine
Add 8 c. flour, on level 1, slowly, until just combined. Add more flour or water if it doesn't look right to you.

Let rise for 1 hour, covered with plastic wrap or a towel. Punch down. Let rise for 30 minutes again. Divide into 2 parts, divide those into 4 parts each. Do a 4 part braid with each and put each into a greased 9x13 pan (glass and light colored work best for me and never burn the challah). Let rise for 1 hour - uncovered (important). About 10-15 minutes before you are going to bake, brush with egg wash. Right before you throw them into the oven, lightly brush them again with the wash.

375F 10 minutes
350F 20 minutes
Oven OFF 10 minutes

This makes 2 large loaves, I think they are 2lbs each. Enjoy!!

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