How To Make Challah Bread UK recipe
Friday 27th March 2020 - Saffron
How To Make Challah Bread
A traditional plaited loaf that is as delicious as it is beautiful
I am more used to sweet treats and cakes but I thought I’d try my hand at something a little different.
Challah is a traditional Jewish bread, it’s a simple dough made with eggs, flour, yeast & oil.
Its very similar to Brioche and is a little soft, a little sweet and a whole lot of tasty!
230mls lukewarm water
7g active dry yeast
560g plain flour
50g granulated sugar
2 tsp salt
3 large eggs – 1 separated (you will need both the yolk and the white separately)
60mls vegetable oil
In a small bowl add the yeast and a large pinch of sugar to the water and stir to mix well.
Leave to one side to dissolve for 10 minutes.
Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl, make a well in the middle and add 2 eggs and the yolk plus the oil. Stir to make a paste.
Pour the yeast mix over the paste and stir with a wooden spoon until all combined and it becomes a little difficult to mix.
Knead in a mixer with a dough hook on low for 8 mins or by hand on a floured work surface for around 15 mins. If your dough is too sticky add more flour a little at a time until its soft and smooth.
Tip your dough into an oiled bowl and cover with oiled plastic wrap and a clean tea towel.
Put it somewhere warm to prove to double its size for 2 hours.
Tip your dough out on to a floured work surface and divide into 3 equal parts. Roll each section into a long rope approx. 16” long
Squeeze the three ends together and plait your dough, finish off by squeezing the ends together and tucking underneath slightly.
Place your loaf on a lined baking tray and sprinkle with flour, cover with a clean tea towel. Leave in a warm place with no draughts to rise again for 1 hour.
Pre heat your oven to 170c (160c fan)
Mix the egg white with 2 tbsp of water and brush all over the loaf, making sure you get in all the joins
Bake for 15-20 mins then rotate and bake again for another 15-20 mins
Cool on a wire rack, slice and enjoy