Jewish Challah Bread

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Nepas OTBS #242
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My neighbors wife is Jewish so i found this recipe for her.
I will post the recipe later.


Poolish, 1/4 c AP, water, yeast and a tad sugar. let stand for 20 mins

Now add the oil, sugar, salt and 3 eggs, whisk well.

Mix in the flour

Now let rise for 2 hours.

Flip onto a floured board and kneed for 5 mins.
I had enough to make some rolls too, onto a greased sheet

egg wash the tops.

Baking in my weber gas at 325 for 50 mins.


Rolls got done faster so i took them off.


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That is some good looking bread Rick. If you have any leftover leave it on the counter overnight, and it makes the best French toast you have ever had. Judy makes it just for French toast. She doesn’t weave it for French toast, she does it in a Dutch oven.
Looks great Rick! Excellent work, and I agree with others, it would make some great French Toast.

1 1/4 cup warm water (95*)
3 1/4 cup AP flour..... set aside the 1/4 cup
2 tsp active dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar. You can use honey if you like but use 1/4 cup
1/4 cup veg oil
4 eggs... set one aside for the egg wash
1 tsp kosher salt

OPT: Honey and poppy seeds.

Use a large bowl if you can.

Make a poolish (sorta)
The water, 2 tsp yeast, 1 tsp sugar and add the 1/4 cup flour. Mix well and set aside for 20 mins until it gets foamy and bubbly.

After the sorta poolish is had the 20 mins. Whisk in the remaining sugar, oil, 3 eggs, salt. If you use the honey leave out the sugar.
Now mix in the rest of the flour kneading in by hand for 5 mins (add any extra flour if its too sticky)
After kneading you should have a firm dough ball. Transfer it to a new clean bowl, cover and let double for 2 hours. When the dough has risen, sprinkle flour on top and gently punch the dough down.

Turn dough onto a well floured surface and knead for 5 mins, use flour for kneading if you need too.

Next divide the dough into 3 equal parts. Roll the dough into 9" long loafs (like a baquett)
Braid the 3 ropes together and pinch the ends tight. Transfer to a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise for about an hour or until it has doubles, poke the dough, if you have a finger indent the dough is ready for baking.

Have you oven pre heated to 325*

Beat the remaining egg and gently wash the top of the dough, Sprinkle with the poppy seed here if you like.

Bake for 30-40 mins until you have a golden brown color.
(if you want to temp with a therm you need 210* IT) or turn loaf over and rap the bottom, if it sounds hollow its done.
NOTE: If the top is browning too fast, use foil to tent. Cool for an hour.
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Looks great Rick.

Make that into some french toast, looks great

I was going to suggest the same. There was a Jewish Deli near the College I attended. The Challah French Toast was their biggest Breakfast seller. It was amazing 3 thick slices with an Ice Cream Scoop of Butter!...JJ is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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