Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Challah (Braided) bread! My birthday Part1!

I made fancy bread again! Yesterday at school we were reading about braided bread and my students seemed really interested (amazed even) at the pictures. I decided to make some and take it to school today. They loved it. They begged for seconds. I was shocked (in my experience most kids are weary of trying new food) Even the one I thought would refuse to try it loved it . . . "this is the best bread ever!!" shouted from across the room. According to them it looked like a "giant pretzel." I'll have to remember this next year!

Here's the recipe for a bread machine . . .

(The dough turned out much tougher than I anticipated. I didn't think the bread was going to actually turn out at all. I was pleasantly surprised.)

Challah (braided) Bread

3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp water
1 egg
2 Tbsp butter softened
3 1/4 cups Bread flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

1 egg yolk
2 tbsp water
Sesame Seeds

1. Add ingredients in order to the bread machine. Make a well in the middle for the yeast. Run dough cycle.
2. Remove the dough from the pan and let rest on a lightly floured surface. Cover for ten minutes. Grease a large cookie sheet.
3. Divide dough into 3 even sections. Roll each third into a long thin rope (13") and braid the ropes onto the cookie sheet. (google it and you can see detailed pictures) Pinch and tuck ends under.
4. Cover with greased saran wrap and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes or until double in size.
5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
6. Mix egg yolk and water. Brush onto bread. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. (I did 25 minutes and mine came out a bit darker than I wanted so watch it)

This bread is beautiful, fun and pretty easy to make. It does take a while but most breads do. It's totally worth it trust me!!

My birthday was fun! We went to the casino and walked around the West Baden Springs Hotel. It was built in 1902 and was known for it's "healing" mineral waters aka stinky sulfur water. At the boat we both won playing roulette on my birthday number!! It was a good day- I even found a great pair of boots for 8 bucks!

Part II of my birthday coming soon . . . martini glass cakes made by my mom, wii fit and more!!

Have a great day!! ~Jenn


Jasmine said...

Isn't Challah bread beautiful? Happy birthday (I'm way late, clearly)!!!!

We've been thinking about you. In fact, we just talked about you last night. I hope all is well. <3

Emily said...

Your challah is gorgeous! So pretty.