I have a lot of Jewish friends. One of the best things about Friday night dinner at their houses is the opportunity to enjoy the freshly baked special bread, Challah. I was invited for a potluck dinner and decided to make this delicious bread.
It would have been easier to visit a neighbourhood bakery but I own a breadmaker which helps me to have the old-fashioned goodness of homemade breads with half the effort.
Challah is wonderful in sandwiches with roast beef or corned beef and you make make a scrumptious French Toast the following day if you have any leftovers.
Homemade Challah Bread (Breadmakers Recipe)
- ¾ cup water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 ½ cup white flour
- 1 ¼ tsp yeast
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbsp water
- Measure first 7 ingredients in the order listed into a baking pan in your breadmaker.
- When cycle is complete, remove dough from the machine to a lightly floured surface.
- Divide dough into 3 equal portions and roll by hand into long smooth strips.
- Braid the 3 dough strips and place it on lightly greased baking sheet.
- Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until double in volume.
- Beat egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water and brush over challah.
- Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.