Baking bread is my therapy. Any time I get stressed out or need a minute, I go into the kitchen and 3 hours later, a steaming loaf of bread appears. It’s magic. Quarantine saw me eating Challah bread loaves in my bed while watching The Great British Baking Show and I would recommend this activity to anyone who needs a little pick-me-up.
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Challah bread is one of my favorite loaves of bread to bake. It’s soft on the inside, but the crust is so shiny and beautiful. It’s a work of art disguised as a carb. Enough talking, let’s bake some bread!
Thank you to Pure Wow for the recipe!
3 + ½ cups of bread flour
2 Tbsp of granulated sugar
2 tsp of instant yeast
1 tsp of kosher salt
¾ cups of warm water
3 Tbsp of honey
⅓ cup of canola oil
3 large eggs
2 Tbsp of whole milk
1. Using an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, mix the flour, sugar, and yeast. Add the salt, water, honey, oil, and 2 eggs and mix at low speed until the dough starts to come together — about 4 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and continue to mix until the dough is smooth, about 3 more minutes.
2. Lightly grease a large bowl with nonstick spray, then transfer the dough to the bowl. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature until it’s doubled in size. This will take about an hour.
3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide it into thirds. Roll each piece into a rope that’s about 12 inches long. Place the ropes side by side on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pinch the ropes together at the top and start braiding them. Braid them until all of the dough is incorporated, then pinch the ends together and tuck them under.
4. Cover the braided loaf loosely with plastic wrap. Let the loaf rise until the dough springs back very slowly when it’s poked with a finger — 30-40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F.
5. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining eggs with the milk. Brush the egg wash onto the entire loaf just before baking. Bake the loaf until it’s deeply golden brown and fully cooked through — 40-50 minutes. Cool before slicing and serving.
Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread and we’re so ready to tear into this loaf. Do you love Challah bread? Comment below!
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