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challah recipe

Date: Tue, 18 Feb 1997 11:11:14 -0800
 From: cbmcam@cyberramp.net
 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
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1 1/2  Cups          water
    2                    eggs worth of 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@onramp.net)
 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@cyberramp.net
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 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. :)
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