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Braiding A Six Strand Challah

shantihhh's picture
Challah is a wonderful tasty bread. The challah bread is a very soft egg bread and is very pleasing in both appearance and taste. n The 6 braided Challah is very speial indeed.
Ingredients
  Flour 7 Cup (112 tbs)
  Salt 1 Tablespoon
  Sugar/Honey 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Yeast 10 Gram
  Warm water 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Eggs 4
  Boiling water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Cold water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

Beat eggs in a small bowl.
In a large bowl mix oil, sugar and salt.

Add boiling water to large bowl and stir until all is dissolved.

Sprinkle yeast into a measuring cup with 1/3 cup warm water. Wait a few minutes, then stir.

Add cold water to mixture in large bowl. (The stuff in the bowl should now be the right temperature to add yeast. If too hot, wait a few minutes; if too cold, put the bowl in the microwave to heat it.)

Add yeast to large bowl.

Add eggs to large bowl, reserving about 1 tablespoon.

Add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.

Turn out dough onto floured board and knead for 5 minutes, adding more flour as needed (but not too much). Dough is ready if it springs back after being poked with a finger.

Put back into bowl, cover with dishtowel, and put in warm oven (heated to 170-200, and then turned off beforehand) until doubled - about 1 hour.

Turn out onto floured board and knead for 1-2 minutes.

Divide dough into thirds.

Take one of the thirds, and knead for another minute. Form into 8-12 small "snakes" for bulkies, or 3 large snakes for braid. Make bulkies by knotting each small snake and pinching the ends together. Place bulkies close together pinched-end down in greased pan (I use Pam). For braids, pinch ends of 3 large snakes together and begin braiding. Or divide into sisths as in the video and braid. Pinch ends together when done. Place in greased loaf pan.

Repeat for 2 other thirds. Put formed loaves/bulkies into oven (pre-heated and then turned off, as before) for about 45 minutes.

Remove from oven. Turn oven to 350.

Brush tops gently with reserved egg. Sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds, if desired.

Bake for about 30 minutes (loaves) or 20 minutes (bulkies). Times will vary. Watch for moderate browning on top, but be careful not to allow scorching on bottom.

Remove from pans, and put on dish towels to cool.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Breakfast
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
130 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
12
Story
Challah is tasty and loved by all. It is however a traditional Jewish bread. Challah is a type of braided bread that is eaten on the Jewish Shabbath and on all the Jewish holidays (except for Passover). The name of this special bread has come from the mitzvah (commandment) associated with it. The "challah" is actually the small, olive-sized piece of dough that is seperated from the rest of the dough before the bread is baked. BTW Challah makes wonderful Bread pudding for those that indulge.
Subtitle: 
Challah

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3 Comments

CookingMyWay's picture
Wow - she did a great job of explaining how to do that! I've always had issues with the braiding...
Chefmdg's picture
This was a very good video but it syas that it is no longer available.
shantihhh's picture
Don't know what happened, I reloaded it, so it's back! Shanti/Mary-Anne