Prep 2 hrs
Cook 15 mins
From the Joan Nathan Book " Jewish Cooking in America". I made this using the Kitchen Aid.
- 2 (1/4 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups warm water (105-115 F)
- 5 -6 cups bread flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable shortening
- poppy seed (optional)
- sesame seeds (optional)
- Dissolve yeast in warm water with a big pinch of sugar.
- Place the flour in a large bowl. Add the dissolved yeast and stir with a spoon. Add the remaining sugar, salt, eggs, and vegetable shortening. Beat about 1 minute and then mix by hand. When the dough begins to leave the side of the bowl, turn it onto a lightly floured surface to knead and Knead for about 15 minutes until soft, adding more water or flour as necessary.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning the dough over so that the entire surface is lightly greased. Cover with a cloth. Let rise in a warm place for an hour or more , until the dough is doubled . Punch down. Divide into 2 balls.
- Preheat Oven to 375°F.
- Divide each ball into three pieces. Roll each piece into a (appox 12") strand and braid, then tuck in ends. ( he gives a six strand braiding method that is really confusing so I use the 3 strand method).
- Place braid onto either cornmeal sprinkled or parchment paper lined ( I use parchment paper) sheet. Use 3rd egg ( beaten with a bit of water) and brush ( using a pastry brush) the Challah. If using sesame or poppy seeds, sprinkle over at this time. Cover with a plastic sheet ( spray with Pam first) and let rise 30 minutes.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.