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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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sweet Half and Half Challah

I decided to try out a whole wheat challah recipe this week. I wanted to make my challah a little healthier since we all eat a ton of it during the week, with peanut butter, for pizza, toast with jam, etc. I wouldn't say that it was a huge success, but Amelia had her "meat sandwiches" on it twice and Leo had it with peanut butter. They all like the "other" one better, but I have been having it toasted and I love it. I sliced up an entire challah and froze it for pizzas because I know they wont care either way and it is a good way to get those whole grains into them.

Here is the website with the recipe and here are my notes:
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The recipe calls for 2 oz yeast. After I measured it out on my scale (one of my best kitchen gadgets!), I had a feeling that almost 1/2 c. of yeast was a little crazy. I am not sure how this happened, but the lightbulb went off and I realized that they could be referring to fresh yeast instead of dry. Why they didn't specify, I have no clue, but I am proud of myself for figuring it out. I googled the conversion and there were a couple of opinions. I decided to go with the 1 oz of fresh yeast (1 patty) = 2 1/4 tsp of dry (1 packet). Here you see the difference in the two amounts - that's a 1/2 c. measure and a 2 TBSP measure.



Finished kneading...I only used 3/4 c. honey and 5 c. white flour



This is what happens when you let the dough rise 3 hours instead of 2!



I punched it down and let it rise a bit more...



It called for 6 parts, but I did 4 and made 2 into large loaves, 1 into 8 rolls and 1 is in the freezer for another week.



Ready to rise...



Risen, glazed and ready for the oven...I baked them about 27 minutes and then turned the oven off for 3.



Gorgeous ;) This is why I love making challah, the result is so worth it.

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