Challah Bread

God, I just made the ugliest loaf of bread.

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It looks like there’s two butt cheeks right in the middle. How lovely.

Challah bread is a braided bread. I’ve only really known it to be part of sabbath in the Jewish religion but I only really care about the fact that it is amazing.

Having worked in a bakery in New Jersey, we sold all types of baked goods (duh?). Bagels, Italian rolls, donuts, babkas, and my favorite, challah bread. I still remember bagging the loaves, one by one, and then secretly taking one home to eat. It’s fluffy and chewy in the best way. And did I mention this bread is THE bread to make french toast with?

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I won’t lie…I’ve been laughing since I started writing this post. The bread turned out HUGE and not so beautifully braided. I think I’ll name it Jabba. It literally is the size of a large baby. Apparently I underestimated my braiding abilities. But, it tastes amazing. Sweet, sweet bread.

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Makes 1 (gigantic) loaf
Time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

1 packet active yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup hot water
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup sugar
3-4 cups flour
egg wash

1. Start your yeast by mixing it with the honey and water in a large bowl. Set aside until foamy.
2. Add sugar and oil. Mix.
3. Add eggs and mix.
4. Start adding your flour and mix until thoroughly combined.
5. Continue to add flour until it starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
6. Dump dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. If it starts getting sticky, start adding more flour.
7. Once done kneading, place the dough in a large oiled bowl and set aside. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
8. Cut your dough into 6 even sized pieces and roll each one out into a long rope. Make sure to add flour to keep from sticking.
9. Youtube “How to braid challah.” Not joking! That’s what I did. I’m not linking a video because it’s up to you how many strands you’d like to attempt. I did 6. Probably should have gone for 4.
10. Let your braided loaf rise for 30 more minutes.
11. Heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
12. Brush your egg wash on your loaf  thoroughly and bake it for about 30 minutes.

You have no idea how much I laughed at this sight:

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