All you need to make DELICIOUS challah bread is:
**pre-heat oven to 375**
2T oil (So far I have used canola, coconut, sunflower, and olive oils. All variations have turned out deliciously!)
1 packet of yeast. I use fast acting.
1.25C very warm water
Dump the ingredients into your machine the way your machine’s directions advise you to. My machine requires the dry ingredients be put in first, but some machines are opposite. Mix in your mixer dry ingredients adding in the wet. Make sure you mix your yeast into your very warm water and allow it to activate. (Mixture should look fizzy after about 5 to 8 minutes)
*let rise in machine or bowl 30 to 45 minutes a first time
*spread flour onto a large flat space so you can shape your dough without it sticking.
*after braiding/shaping your challah let dough rise a second time in or on the pan for about 30 to 45 minutes. Coat your dough with a mixture of melted butter (about 2T) and a beaten egg. Mix thoroughly and brush on to your dough.
*bake in oven for 25 minutes or until you can thump your challah bread and it sounds hollow.
*for a softer “shell” coat your challah bread with a bit of butter directly after removing it from the oven.
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