Challah Bread

Filed Under (Breads) by Lisa on 11-10-2010

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This morning I was really cold! Our heat is still turned off. I decided the best way to warm up was to make some warm bread and hot soup. Since we celebrated Thanksgiving on Saturday this year, we had an abundance of cooked turkey in the fridge. I decided I would make some turkey noodle soup and Challah bread to warm up on this cool morning.

My bread turned out amazing! Using butter in this bread makes it to die for. It’s soft and warm on the inside and golden brown on the outside.

Challah Bread
(makes one large loaf)

5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp quick rise yeast
1 cup skim milk (luke warm-warm)
2 tsp white sugar
6 tbsp salted butter (melted)
2 large eggs (beaten)
Olive oil spray
1 egg yolk
Poppy seeds

Preheat oven on your lowest setting. Once your oven reaches this temp, turn it off. In a large stainless steel  bowl add the flour, salt and sugar and mix well. Add the yeast and mix well. Stir in the luke-warm milk. Add the eggs, and continue to stir. Add the melted butter (making sure it is not hot before adding). Stir well. Knead the dough for 10 minutes straight to form a soft ball. If using a stainless steel bowl place spray some olive oil on plastic wrap and cover the bowl with it. Place in the warm turned off oven. Let rise for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Shape into braid (form 4 rolls and braid them). Place on a cookie sheet. Place in the turned off oven covered in the plastic wrap again for 30 minutes to rise. Remove from oven take off plastic wrap. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush with egg yolk. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until lightly golden. Enjoy.