RECIPES / Breads
If you have leftovers, our Challah Braid slices make the best French toast.
Challah Braid
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105 - 115°F)
3 1/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
Egg glaze (1 large egg and 1 tablespoon water)
Vegetable oil cooking spray
In a 2-cup liquid measure, dissolve 2 teaspoons sugar and yeast in warm water. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Insert the dough blade in the work bowl and add flour, remaining sugar and salt. Pulse to combine, about 2 to 3 times.

Add cold water, melted butter and egg to yeast mixture. With machine running, add liquid through small feed tube in a steady stream as fast as the flour absorbs it. Once dough forms a ball continue processing for 45 seconds to knead dough. Place dough in a floured plastic food storage bag and seal. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 1½ hours.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and punch down. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Use your hands to roll each piece into a cylinder about 1½ x 14-inch. Place the cylinders side by side on a baking sheet coated with vegetable oil cooking spray. Braid loosely from one end. Gently pull and taper each end to a point, then pinch and tuck under loaf. Cover with plastic wrap coated with vegetable oil cooking spray and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F 15 minutes before baking.

Prepare egg glaze by combining egg with water; brush over braid. Bake in lower third of preheated oven for 20 minutes. Lower temperature to 350°F. and bake until loaf is browned and sounds hollow when tapped, about 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
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Servings: Makes 18 servings (1½ pound loaf)

Nutritional information per serving

Calories 119 (29% from fat) - carb. 18g - pro. 3g - fat 4g - sat. fat 2g - chol. 32mg - sod. 202mg - calc. 4mg - fiber 0g


by Jackie Webster
Oh my gosh! This bread is absolutely delicious! Followed the recipe exactly, except my bread looked done after the first 20 mins at 375 degrees. So I only went another few minutes at 350. Thank you for this easy recipe!

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