Challah

Published December 14, 2006.

Why this recipe works:

For an easy challah recipe that was rich with eggs and lightly sweetened, with a dark, shiny crust and a firm but light, tender texture, we passed up pre-ferments in favor of a package of instant yeast. Adding water rather than milk kept the bread from becoming too dense and heavy. After… read more

For an easy challah recipe that was rich with eggs and lightly sweetened, with a dark, shiny crust and a firm but light, tender texture, we passed up pre-ferments in favor of a package of instant yeast. Adding water rather than milk kept the bread from becoming too dense and heavy. After testing many egg combinations, we found that two whole eggs with an additional yolk were optimal. Adding 1/4 cup sugar sweetened the loaf and improved its flavor and color.

less

Makes 1 large loaf

We prefer to knead this dough in a standing mixer, but a food processor or your hands can do the job. If using a food processor, place the flour mixture in a processor fitted with the dough blade. Mix together the eggs, yolk, butter, and water in a large measuring cup and, with the processor running, add the egg mixture in a steady stream. Process until a ball of dough forms, about 1 minute. Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for an additional minute, or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Alternatively, you can mix the dough by hand in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, until the dough comes together. Then transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough forms a smooth ball. If the dough remains tacky, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time. This method will take longer than using a standing mixer, but you will get the same results.

Ingredients

In My Favorites
Please Wait…
Remove Favorite
Add to custom collection