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    High-Altitude Challah

    High-Altitude Challah. Photo by Greeny4444

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    55 mins

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    35 mins

    Greeny4444's Note:

    I make this challah for my family and family gatherings in Colorado, and it turns out beautifully each time. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does! If you'd like, sprinkle poppy or sesame seeds before baking, but I never do. Videos for instructions on how to braid a six-strand challah can be found by entering "braiding a 6-strand challah" into the Search box at (I originally saw the one by MayaSophia, on her blog). I always braid mine with the six-strand method now (shown in my picture), because it looks so pretty! *NOTE*: Prep time does NOT include time it take for the dough to rise.

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    Serves: 16


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    1. 1
      Combine the warm water, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and the yeast in a measuring cup. Let stand until the yeast dissolves and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes.
    2. 2
      In a large bowl, beat 2 eggs. Put the egg yolks in a 1/3 measuring cup and add enough milk to equal 1/3 cup with the yolks in it. Pour this into the bowl with the eggs and pour in the yeast mixture, butter, salt, and remaining (2 tablespoons + 2 1/2 tsp.) sugar. Gradually mix in the flour until the dough is firm enough to handle.
    3. 3
      Knead the dough on a floured surface until the dough does not stick to your hands. You will probably use more flour while kneading.
    4. 4
      Place the dough into an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    5. 5
      Cut the dough into 3 even portions and roll into long ropes. Press one set of ends together, and braid and tuck the other set of ends under, pressing gently (see the intro, above, for a video link to braiding a six-strand challah).
    6. 6
      Place the loaf on a greased baking sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to rise. Bread is ready to bake when your finger leaves an impression in the dough.
    7. 7
      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    8. 8
      Whisk the remaining egg in a small bowl. Brush onto the loaf. This will give the bread a lovely golden color and delicious crust.
    9. 9
      Bake until the loaf is golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 35 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
    10. 10
      *To make rolls: Follow the steps to prepare the dough, and let it rise until it is doubled in size. Divide the dough into 15-16 even pieces (about 2 oz. [weight] each), and craft into desired shape. Brush with egg wash (as you would the bread), and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 18, 2009


      This was delicious, even though I forgot the salt! Just gives me an excuse to make it again. We're at about 8,000 feet and it came out pretty well--probably not as tall as it would have been at a lower altitude, but certainly a decent (huge!) loaf.

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    Nutritional Facts for High-Altitude Challah

    Serving Size: 1 (58 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 159.9
    Calories from Fat 43
    Total Fat 4.8 g
    Saturated Fat 2.4 g
    Cholesterol 71.5 mg
    Sodium 256.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 2.5 g
    Protein 4.8 g

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