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Friday, September 8, 2017


Good morning,

For My Honey's birthday dinner I made challah bread.  Above it is on the cooling rack on the dining room table.
In the image above the bread had already risen the first time, then kneaded, then braided, then finished the second rise....
I beat one egg and brushed it on the dough before baking.
This is how it looked when I took it out of the oven, before turning it out to the cooling rack (first image.)

I create my own recipes and adjust as necessary for temperature, time of year, and the mood of the dough.  My recipe for this one is:

2 eggs (plus one to brush on dough just before baking)
4 T butter, softened
2 t salt
4 T granulated sugar
1/3 cup sour cream
1 cup warm water
5 cups unbleached, sifted flour
4 t bakers yeast

Knead all ingredients, allow to rise until dough doubles (usually 30-40 minutes in an oven with just the light turned on, no heat), punch down, divide into three pieces and work into strips.  Braid the strips and place in large greased oval pan, allow to rise until doubles again, paint with beaten egg, bake 50 minutes at 350 F.




1 comment:

River Glorious said...

Lois, that looks delicious! Now i'm feeling hungry. :D