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sweet bread aromas.

December 10, 2010

homemade bread and i have been getting acquainted for a while now. we are not best of friends, nor are we strangers. i’d call us acquaintances. this afternoon i tried to give our relationship a swift bump in the right direction.

early in the afternoon, i was quite smitten by bread. my recipe was promising and my apron was tied.
later in the afternoon, bread and i almost divorced. drastic, i know but my bread wasn’t rising and it took me hours to realize that the kneading blade in my bread-machine was positioned incorrectly.
dismayed and hope begone, i threw the loaf in the oven with the benediction by my mother that it could at least stand as a centerpiece if it came out a rock.

now wait! you’ll never guess…

CHALLAH (EGG) BREAD
Dough
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp butter
3 eggs plus 1 yolk (save white for glaze)
3/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp instant skim-milk powder (i omitted this, so i believe it to be optional)
3 cups white flour
pinch tumeric (optional) – helps with colour
Glaze
1 egg white beaten with 1 tbsp water
Topping
sesame seeds or poppy seeds

1. add all dough ingredients to machine. select dough cycle. when complete remove, cover, and let rest for 5-10 min.
2. roll dough into 9-inch log and cut off one third. divide the large portion into 3 pieces and roll each piece into a 15 inch rope. place ropes on lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
3. braid bread, pinching ends and tucking underneath the loaf. make a second braid with the remaining dough, rolling ropes to 12 inches. place smaller braid on top of larger. cover, let rise in warm place about 40-45 minutes or doubled in bulk.
4. brush glaze on braid and sprinkle with seeds.
5. bake at 376 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
enjoy.
– recipe by ‘easy bread machine baking‘ by shirley ann holmes.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2010 2:13 am

    just so that you know, this bread was very very tasty topped with some fig goat cheese and cucumber slices…. mmmm

    • December 13, 2010 4:05 am

      oo! and she would know best – i gave this loaf to her for christmas!
      i’m so glad you liked it! i made a mini one for ma and she says its great in the morning toasted!

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