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.

Baking:
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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