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2 hrs 30 mins
Here is my recipe. It looks more difficult than it really is so don't hesitate. I make this every week. There is a story that goes with the addition of the poppyseeds. This recipe really does require a good stand mixer. Don't get in a hurry just enjoy the experience and plan on the children wanting to braid and get involved. Pinch off a bit of dough and give it to them.
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- 2 tablespoons yeast
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup oil (I like coconut oil)
- 1/2 cup honey (Raw is best)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 5 eggs
- 1 egg yolk (optional)
- 1 tablespoon poppy seed (optional)
- 5 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 cups bread flour
- 3 tablespoons gluten
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1 egg, beaten (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
- 1Place the warm water in the mixing bowl and add yeast, oil, honey, and salt. Mix well and let set 2-3 minutes.
- 2Add the eggs one at a time and for an extra rich dough add the sixth yolk and set the white aside. Do not add the final egg.
- 3To this mixture now add all the bread flour and 1 cup of the whole wheat flour and the gluten. Mix for a 2 minutes.
- 4Add flax, and poppy seeds.
- 5Add in the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time. It may take more or less. Take your time, at least five minutes. Switching to dough hooks when needed. Do not get in a hurry.
- 6When you have a nice soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl, dump it onto a slightly floured counter and knead until you push on the dough with your index finger and it springs back.
- 7Put the dough into a large sprayed bowl, cover with a linen tea towl, non-terry, and set in a warm place to double.
- 8When doubled punch down and knead slightly.
- 9Cut dough in 1/2 and then each 1/2 into 3 pieces. Roll each piece on the counter to form tubes and braid these tubes to form two loaves. Be sure to pinch and tug your ends under. Braid up, lifting each strand to make snug. You are not wanting length but heighth.
- 10Place each loaf into the center of a sprayed cookie sheet and let almost double. While rising preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
- 11When almost doubled. Beat your reserved white and egg. Use this to glaze your loaves and then sprinkle with poppyseed and kosher salt.
- 12Bake to a golden rich brown. This generally takes 35-40 minutes.
- 13Additional note: For the Rosh Hashanah add 1/2 cup of mixed dried diced fruits and nuts at the end of the initial mixing of the flours. Do not braid but form two large tubes and use them to make two crown shaped spirals, like a turban, pinching and tucking the ends. When glazed sprinkle with almond slivers and course ground sugar.
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Nutritional Facts for Ma's Whole Wheat Honey Challah
Serving Size: 1 (1993 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 2695.4
- Calories from Fat 700
- Total Fat 77.8 g
- Saturated Fat 12.5 g
- Cholesterol 528.7 mg
- Sodium 3697.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 438.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 46.2 g
- Sugars 72.4 g
- Protein 82.3 g
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