Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Fresh, homemade Challah!
I love homemade bread. Who doesn't?! I've never been very good at making it, even though I've tried all kinds of recipes. When I was in high school, I discovered James Beard's Challah recipe and from the first time I made it, it was perfect! It has always been my favorite homemade bread recipe!
Here is Mr. Beard's recipe:
3 pkgs of yeast (I use 1 1/2 tbs)
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs salt (I used 1/2 tbs)
3 tbs softened butter
5 cups flour
1 egg yolk
Proof yeast in warm water in a large bowl. Add the sugar, salt, butter, eggs, and flour, one cup at a time. Beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon or with the hands. Gradually add more flour until the dough is very stiff. Turn the dough out on a board sprinkled with flour. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, apporx. 10 min.
Place the dough in a very large buttered bowl, and turn to coat the surface with butter. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1.5-2 hrs. Punch the dough down and divide into six equal parts. Roll each portion into a rope about 1 inch in diameter. Braid three ropes together to make 2 loaves and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in bulk. Brush the tops with egg. Bake in a preheated oven for 400 degrees for 30 minutes.