Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Challah Time!

We are signed up for PJ Library, which sends us a free book every month with a Jewish theme. In my house, books are for learning, and so what better way to learn about our Jewish heritage than with books. Gaby loves here PJ books and gets so excited when they come in the mail. We've been reading It's Challah Time by Latifa Berry Kropf for a few months now. This is our second batch of challah. She had a great time helping me make it (and eating flour)!

It's Challah Time Challah recipe
Makes 2-3 large loafs

2 Tbs yeast                                                2 eggs
1/2 cup warm water                                   2 tsp salt
1 tsp honey                                                1 Tbs cinnamon
3 cups whole wheat flour + 1 cup white flour  1 Tbs vanilla
1/2 cup oil                                                  1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup honey                                            Up to 3 cups white flour

1. In a small bowl mix yeast with 1/2 c. warm water and 1 tsp honey. Let bubble.
2. In a large bowl mix the whole wheat flour, oil, honey, eggs, salt, cinnamon, vanilla.
3. Add the yeast mixture and the 1 1/2 c. water.
4. Add white flour one cup at a time and when the dough is firm, begin kneading it.
5. Keep kneading until dough is not sticky anymore, keep adding white flour.
6. Put dough in oiled bowl and cover with damp cloth. Let rise 1-2 hours.
7. Place and braid on oiled baking sheet. Let rise 1 more hour.
8. Bake in preheated 325 F oven for about 20 minutes.

Finished Challah. You can see where Gaby and my husband couldn't wait to take a taste!

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