Friday, January 6, 2012

Challah Bread Dough

*This made such a beautiful and delicious bread!  I love making dough in my bread machine--so simple and the bread came out perfectly cooked.

Bread ingredients:
2 large eggs (at room temperature) plus enough warm water to equal 1 1/2 cups
1/4 c oil
2 T sugar
2 t salt
4 1/2 cups bread flour
2 t active dry yeast (or 1 1/4 t bread machine yeast)

Glaze: 2 beaten egg yolks plus 1 T water
Topping: 1 1/2 T poppy seeds

1.  Place bread ingredients into bread machine and run on dough setting.
2.  Place dough on a lightly floured surface.  Divide into thirds, making 3 13-inch long ropes with tapered ends.  Pinch ropes together at one end, braid together.  Pinch together at other end and secure braid.
3.  Transfer braided dough to greased baking sheet; cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until double in size.
4.  Combine glaze ingredients and brush onto braid.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until done.

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