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How to make it

  • Warm a large bowl with hot water, empty it out.
  • Dissolve the yeast in the warm water into which you have stirred the initial honey, and proof the yeast, about 5 minutes.
  • When it has risen to the top, stir in 1 c of the flour, and let it rise for about 10 minutes.
  • It will look somewhat smoother and lighter, but not smooth and puffy.
  • Stir in the eggs, butter, honey, salt, and the rest of the flour, or enough to make a very soft dough, more like a stiff batter.
  • Let the dough rise until just short of doubled. It will have stiffened somewhat as the flour expands and gets absorbed. Add some more water if necessary, a few spoonsful at a time.
  • Knead it until smooth, at least 5 minutes. Eight to ten minutes is better. You will likely need to add some flour, but remember that you do not want a stiff dough. If you feel that it is too sticky but that you have already used enough flour, butter your kneading surface and your hands and continue. It must be kneaded by hand. The dough hook will not do it. A bread machine will not do it. Trust me on this.
  • When the dough is beautifully satiny and elastic, i.e. sufficiently kneaded, turn it into a buttered bowl, cover with a damp towel, and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Punch it down and begin shaping.
  • You will divide the dough into four equal portions.
  • Make thick ropes of three of them and form a tight braid on a buttered baking sheet. You will not be able to pick it up and transfer it, so work on the baking sheet itself.
  • Crimp the ends firmly and turn them under so the braid doesn't unravel.
  • Take the remaining quarter, divide it into three portions, and make thinner ropes of them.
  • Braid them, on any surface of your choosing (this is much lighter, so you can transfer it safely), and place the resulting braid on top of the larger braid.
  • If you are baking this for Rosh Hashonah, join the two ends of the braid together into a circle, then adorn with the smaller braid, and bake in a buttered circular pan.
  • Mix the egg yolk and milk thoroughly to make an egg-wash glaze.
  • Dip your fingers into it and cover the challah thoroughly with it, stroking the lobes. Ooooh!
  • Place the challah in a warm place (like an oven pre-heated to 150 ° F, then turned off) and let rise until doubled. When you poke it lightly with a finger, the impression of your finger should remain, rather than the dough springing back.
  • Glaze it again, and bake for 45 minutes at 350° F, or until the crust is dark golden-brown and the bottom sounds hollow when thumped. Go by the signs rather than by the time.
  • This is time-consuming, but well worth it. I like to serve it on special ceremonial occasions and have people pull off hunks, preferably all all at the same time. Serve with honey, of course.

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  • kaith 7 years ago
    Oh my goodness. I just made this. It looks wonderful, made my entire house smell terrific, and I'm pretty sure that my family could eat the entire loaf in one sitting. Thank you for uploading this.
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  • realtor954 8 years ago
    Just made a loaf today...beautiful and delicious!
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    " It was excellent "
    dollhead ate it and said...
    Such a beautiful loaf! Thanks for the share.
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    " It was excellent "
    chefelaine ate it and said...
    I also have made this Challah bread many times, and it is really tasty, as well as beautiful to look at! FIVE :+D
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