How to make it

  • Make the sponge first:
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  • his dough is made in two stages: a sponge and then the final dough.
  • The sponge is merely a very wet dough that the yeast can percolate in.
  • After the yeast grows, the rest of the flour is added for a dough of conventional consistency.
  • Make the dough:
  • Whisk the eggs, egg yolk, oil and salt together.
  • Add the flour and dough conditioner to the sponge mixture.
  • Add the egg mixture.
  • Mix well until the eggs are mixed in.
  • Knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball.
  • Place dough in an oiled bowl and turn to cover top with oil.
  • Cover with plastic film and let it rise at room temp for one more hour or until doubled.
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly oiled or floured surface.
  • Divide dough into four balls.
  • Divide each ball into three balls and roll into ropes about six inches long.
  • Braid the ropes, pinching the ends together.
  • Place in greased loaf pans (four 3 x 5 1/2-inch pans).
  • Cover and let the bread rise in the pans until doubled in size and soft and puffy.
  • Whisk an egg, an egg yolk, and one tablespoon warm water together to make an egg wash and brush it over the loaves gently.
  • Immediately bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until done.
  • The internal temperature of the bread should reach 190 degrees.
  • Baker’s notes: The braid does not need to be perfect, it will all even out as it rises and bakes
  • 4 small loaves

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  • midgelet 8 years ago
    dough condtioner helps with several things, achieves a better rise for breads,relazes the dough so it's not so stretchy, aids gluten development etc. and One can buy it from a catalog or make their own- lots of homemeade recipes on the Net for it.
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  • natlev10 8 years ago
    Excuse me: what is dough conditioner? natalie
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    grumblebee ate it and said...
    love this! Challah is one of my most favourite breads and i like the idea of smaller loaves. :)

    These would make great gifts. You've inspired me to make some today.

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    elgab89 ate it and said...
    Sooo beautiful! I have to give it a try!
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