Friday, May 25, 2012

Challah for Shavuot

If you plan on baking your own challah this Shavout, take a tip from my friend Sara at creative jewish mom. She took the custom of decorating your home with flowers on Shavuot, and came up with a unique and beautiful challah!
Isn't that the most beautiful challah you've ever seen? Check out her blog post here for step-by-step directions.
Sara even gives you her recipe for challah.

Once you taste homemade challah, you and your family will never want to buy it from the store again!  Several years ago I bought a bread machine and used this "bread machine" recipe from The Kosher Palette cookbook.  It came out delicious.

Heavenly Bread Machine Challah

2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon bread flour
1/4 cup plus 2 heaping tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 egg yolks
1 cup luke warm water
1 package (2 1/4) teaspoons yeast
Vegetable cooking spray
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Poppy or Sesame seeds

Place flour, sugar, salt, oil, yolks, water and yeast in the bread machine. Process ingredients in the dough cycle. Remove immediately. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and roll each portion into a thick rope.  Place the three pieces side by side on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray and pinch the top ends together. Braid dough and pinch ends together.

Cover challah with a towel; let stand 30 minutes.

Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds.

Bake 30 minutes or until brown and challah sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on wire rack.

Makes 1 challah

For those of you who celebrate Shavuot, have a happy holiday!

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