Friday, January 6, 2012
Challah Bread Dough
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.