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REC: Challah - Oil Free

I'm so glad to see the list is back! Here's a wonderful recipe for Challah
that I have been using and have been very pleased with.


>***IMPORTANT NOTE: I have found since I first posted this that my version
of this recipe is too large for my 2-lb Zoji. If you want to make a loaf in
the machine you have to remove some of the dough at the end of the dough
cycle, which is after 2 hours, I think. I did this once and ended up with a
nice loaf baked in the machine and then a braided one baked in the oven.
Both turned out very well.
>*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
>                            CHALLAH, OIL FREE
>Recipe By     : http://www.eskimo.com/~jefffree/recipes
>Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
>Categories    : Bread Machine                    Breads
>                Holidays & Gifts                 Jewish
>                Vegetarian
>  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
>--------  ------------  --------------------------------
>   1 1/2  Cups          water
>   2                    eggs (or egg substitute)
>   1 1/2  Tablespoons   applesauce
>   1 1/2  Teaspoons     salt
>   3      Tablespoons   honey
>   3      Tablespoons   sugar
>   5      Cups          white flour
>                        - or white bread flour - omit gluten
>   1 1/2  Tablespoons   gluten, wheat
>   3      Teaspoons     yeast
>   8      Drops         yellow food coloring -- optional
>     3/4  Cup           raisins -- optional
>Add ingredients to ABM in order specified by model. Choose "DOUGH" cycle. 
>Can add 3/4 cup of raisins during second kneading. If you want to cook the 
>bread in the machine, just use the regular white/wheat cycle.
>After machine completes, take out the dough and break it into three parts. 
>Cover lightly with plastic wrap (may spray lightly with PAM to keep wrap 
>from sticking if you want) and let dough rise for one hour. Roll out and 
>braid dough (lightly wet ends to help them stick and fold under loaf 
>slightly for rounded appearance). Place loaf on cookie sheet sprayed 
>lightly with PAM, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another hour. 
>Brush with one egg, beaten (I use Egg Beaters. A couple of teaspoons is 
>all it takes.) Cook in oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
>NOTES: (from original poster) Recommend using very warm water to offset 
>the cold temperature of the egg and applesauce (which is usually in the 
>fridge). The amounts of sugar and honey are equal; however, any amount of 
>both or each totaling 6 Tbsp works fine. I've used this recipe to make 
>over a dozen mini-challahs and frozen them for later use. Just make the 
>pieces smaller. For Rosh Hashanah, make the loaf round. (meryl@xxxxxxxxxx)
>NOTES: (from me) I changed all the amounts from the original recipe to 
>achieve satisfactory results. This ended up producing 3 nice loaves of 
>challah (all three baked sideways on the same cookie sheet), one of which 
>lasts until the next day when I have to bake three more. You don't *have* 
>to braid the loaves, but it only takes a few minutes. This gives it a 
>wonderful texture, making it like pull-apart rolls. You can make any size 
>loaf you want ... or rolls or hoagie-sized buns, etc. I think the classic 
>way is to make one large loaf using four braids and then place a smaller 
>loaf on top of the large one.
> >From: cbmcam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>                   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
>NOTES : After many less than satisfactory attempts (to put it mildly) at 
>       baking loaves of low fat challah (egg bread) that resembled those 
>       I grew up eating, I was about to give up. I found a recipe in the 
>       Jewish-foods mailing list archive that *almost* worked for me. I 
>       do believe I have finally tweaked and prodded it enough that I can 
>       honestly say that this is one incredible recipe. (Kudos to the 
>       original poster.) My changes may simply have more to do with the 
>       weather, etc., than anything else; but whatever the reason, I have 
>       been asked (ordered?) to keep this bread in ready supply. I have 
>       to hide them if I want to keep them for later. :)