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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bread Machine Whole Wheat Challah

I think this is one of my most popular (and easy!) recipes. My friends always ask me for it and due to popular demand, I am posting it on the blog. You can make it with all white flour if you like- it comes out yummy too!
This recipe is intended for a 2 lb bread-machine on the dough setting. I now have a 2.5 lb machine so I will put those quantities in parentheses after each item.
The ingredients must be added in order:
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water (1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup oil (1/3 plus 2 Tbl.)
2 eggs
1/2 Tbl. salt
2 1/2 slightly heaping cups bread flour (3 cups)
2 1/2 slightly heaping cups whole wheat flour (3 cups)
Make a dent in the center of the flour with a spoon and add:
1 pkg dry yeast
Put bread machine on dough setting. When it comes out it should look like this. You can let it sit in the machine a little longer if it hasn't fully risen to at least the top of the pan:

Braid it when it is finished and coat with egg and seeds as desired and bake (no need to let it rise again) in preheated 350 degree oven for 38-40 minutes.
Here is the result:

ENJOY!

9 comments:

  1. This is the one and only challah recipe I have been making since I got married and always get compliments - thanks Estee! I use white sugar instead of honey and it also tastes just as yummy. I let my dough rise for a long time before braiding it.
    Daniella

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  2. yum.... how do u braid it... we can play with play-dough one day soon and u can show me :)

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  3. I am happy to teach you! I use a 6 braid, which took me along time to master. Practice, practice, practice! That is the key.

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  4. Those are beautiful challot!

    Which 2.5lb bread machine do you have? It's almost time to replace our old 2lb one and a little larger would be perfect.

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  5. We have the Westbend, which you can check out here:
    It works the same as the other one, but has 2 blades inside the pan. The only other difference I have found is that the dough setting takes slightly longer, but it is guaranteed to come out right. The old one sometimes needed help mixing at the beginning or I had to knead it a bit manually. I got a lot of variations in the dough with the old machine but this one is strong and produces consistent results.

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  6. Estee, your challah is gorgeous. I never made challah with a bread machine. This makes me want to get one!

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  7. I just tried this recipe. My kids each braided a "mini challah" and are so excited. Thanks!

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