Monday, December 17, 2012

Challah Bread

Am starting again my three days of blogging marathon today, my theme for this week is Christmas special. Christmas, love this festival and we never failed to celebrate it every year with loads of foods,chocolates and gifts.I cant imagine my christmas dinner table without a bread obviously my first recipe goes for a celebration bread. Challah bread is a celebration bread in Jewish tradition, this bread goes for a rich dough with a mild sweet. Challah bread sounds almost like brioche bread, eggs are added to enrich the dough and milk or butter is not used in this bread dough as this bread may be eaten with meat.This bread goes for a fabulous texture,excellent flavour and beautiful braid.

Nothing will beat the smell of the freshly baked challah,you can go for three,four and six braids for making this challah bread. Mine is a 4 braided challah bread, thanks to youtube, i simply went through this video to make easily my 4 braids.I really enjoyed making this challah bread and my kids loved it with nutella spread.You can easily finish up this challah bread as french toast to whip up on christmas morning if you have served this challah bread with meats for a christmas evening.Do check ChampaSrivalliSumana Deepak,Veena,Jayasri and Preeti Deo wat they baked for the 8th day of bake-a-thon. Also check out the other bloggers running this 23rd edition of blogging marathon here.Sending to 60days of Christmas hosted by Priya and Divya.



4cups All purpose flour
2tsp Instant yeast
1/4cup Sugar
1tsp Salt
2nos Large eggs
1no Egg Yolk
1/4cup Oil
1/2cup Water
Few Sugar pearls

Egg wash:
1no Egg yolk
1tbsp Water

In a lare bowl, combine the eggs,egg yolk,oil and water, stir well.

Mix in the flour,yeast,sugar,salt and knead everything together to form a stiff dough,knead well for few more minutes until the dough turns soft and smooth dough.

Transfer the dough to a greased large bowl and cover it with plastic wrap,let it sit in a warm place until its doubled in size for about 2hours.Gently press down the dough,reflate it and cover it again, let it sit again for about an another hour.

Take the dough in a lightly floured surdace, divide into two large balls and again divide each balls into two more medium balls again.

Roll each balls as a long rope,line them side by side, pinch the pieces together at one end and start braiding.



Check here to know how to make 4 braided Challah

Transfer it to the baking sheet lined over a baking tray, let it sit again in a warm place for half an hour.

Meanwhile mix the egg yolk and water for egg wash.Preheat the oven to 350F.

Brush generously the rised braided bread with the egg wash,springle the sugar pearls generously.

Bake the bread for 30-35minutes or until the crust turns golden bread.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.


51 comments:

  1. That looks so delicious and perfect.

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  2. The braided bread looks pretty, Priya. Are you baking something else for the big day?

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  3. How gorgeous is this bread dear!!! Perfecto!!! :)

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  4. I saw this recipe in my new book also, will try it soon. You make breads so easily and effortlessly.

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  5. Perfectly baked challah bread dear...tempted to try...

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  6. i agree, nothing probably beats a freshly baked bread's smell at home (when perfectly done like urs)

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  7. A perfect Challah! Perfect braids :)

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  8. I too love challah bread..But I haven't so far made a four braided one.Hats off to you.Well baked !

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  9. Delicious challah bread, I love it.

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  10. Have been wanting to make such braided bread for so long. It looks lovely Priya!

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  11. Awesome bread in awesome shape... Love it...
    http://recipe-excavator.blogspot.com

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  12. Seasons Greetings!

    Lovely braided challah.


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  13. Beautifully braided, perfectly made Challah.. Love it..

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  14. wow love the deep rich color!!! so perfect and so delicious!!!
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event - Eggless Bakes and Treats
    Ongoing Event - SYF&HWS - Ginger

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  15. The bread has come out perfect...golden crust...and tempting.

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  16. How beautifully you've braided the bread. Looks lovely!

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  17. Excellent tips & method about recipes, you have a wide range of indian recipes list available, helpful site - thanks
    Indian Racipes

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  18. It is so very attractive!! Very nice... i can't take my eyes off it!

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  19. il est très réussi et bien présenté, bravo pour ce joli résultat
    bonne journée

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  20. Unga thiramaiku ellaiye illa Priya ..Asathu.. Can't get any more perfect than this..

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  21. Too perfect and inviting bread dear.

    today's recipe:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2012/12/prawn-in-poppy-paste-chingri-posto.html

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  22. They looks so cute,thxs for sharing the video link!!

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  23. As i men,tione din fb looks beautiful and parfect.

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  24. delicious dear..Join me in Fast Food Event - Poha in my blog .

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  25. MRS.perfect in baking..simply superb.
    Maha

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  26. wow....delicious bread dear :)beautiful clicks.

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  27. from the first pictures of this on FB..it has totally captivated me! looks amazing!

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  28. Wow..this is my fav for making toast,but never tried making at home,looks perfect

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  29. Sounds wonderful and looks lovely! My family is Greek and we make a lot of sweet breads around Easter time that are very similar to challah. Sweet breads are the best!

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  30. Yummy bread.. This is on my to do list for a long time.. :)

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  31. Challah bread is cutely braided and looks like made by a pro...so you are Priya.

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  32. Priya, I have been wanting to make this for such a long time..yet to make it..looks so fab!

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  33. Braid Perfect Priya.. ;) Looks fab...

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  34. surely looks very well done..perfect !!I must say.

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  35. It looks very pretty. I have been wanting to bake this for a long,long time. I may try it out this weekend...

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  36. one of my all time fave breads..walking into Jewish bakeries here in NY - freshly made bagels and challah are the best things. I have never seen it before with sugar pearls - usually sesame seeds or poppy seeds are used on the outside

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