Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Trying something new - Challah...

I came across this recipe for Challah bread at Niki's blog - Rural Writings. She has some great recipes in her side bar so please, check them out. Niki lives on a small rural farm in Canada and is a whiz at canning and preserving, mapel syrup and bees wax candle making and making use of everything that their farm produces. She is a true inspiration to me. She writes beautifully about her daily life, family and the goings on around their farm. I was going through her recipe list today and found the recipe so I decided to give the challah a go. It's an easy recipe which you can make in your bread maker, using the dough setting. This is how the dough looked in my machine after 1 hour, 30 mins.
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Next, give the dough a good kneading then divide the dough into 3 lots. Shape into long rolls so you can braid it.
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This is my finished loaf, braided and ready to sit and rise for a further 45 minutes.
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After 45 minutes, it has plumped up and I glazed it with a egg & milk wash. I didn't have any sesame seeds, but you can sprinkle some on if you have them. Bake in a 190C oven for 30 minutes.
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Voila! The finished loaf, fresh out of the oven. It feels hollow when you tap it so I know it's cooked.
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Wow, a lovely loaf. It is quite cakey, probably because there were eggs in the dough but it is really yummy with butter on it. I will try it toasted in the morning. Mmmm!
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Give it a try, it makes a lovely big loaf.
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Cheers - Joolz

5 comments:

  1. Wow Joolz, that looks so nice.

    I am going to check out the recipe and when it is cooler I will give it a try.

    Hope you are not too hot down your way,

    xTania

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  2. Joolz, thanks so much for the very kind words :) Your challah looks absolutely perfect! I am definitely going to have to make it again this week! It is delicious toasted as well.
    Have a great day!
    Niki

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  3. WOW you make it looks so easy and like Proffessional!

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  4. Mmmm... that looks absolutely delicious!!
    I would give it a try, but it's too darned hot already (at only 8am)... so today's another day of cold meats and salad...
    Definitely saving it tho!!

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  5. Wow! fantastic job! It looks just like store bought, but I bet it tasted much better.

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