Prep 3 hrs
Cook 25 mins
Here's another challah recipe for those who want to eat a little healthier. If you have a larger bread machine, you can easily make a double recipe. Prep time includes bread machine time and rising time.
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 1 egg
- 3⁄4 tablespoon applesauce
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 egg, beaten with water (optional)
- Put ingredients in the bread maker in the order suggested by the manufacturer (usually wet ingredients and salt, followed by dry ingredients, and then yest) Run the dough cycle on the bread machine.
- Grease and flour a round cake pan.
- Lay the dough out on a floured surface and cover hands in flour.
- Grab pieces of dough, make them into balls, and arrange the balls in the pan, putting more flour on your hands as needed.
- Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it double in size, about an hour.
- If you brush the bread with the egg mixture before baking, it will have a glossy surface.
- Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
I SO badly wanted this to work out for me... but it just didn't. To be fair, I kneaded the dough with a KitchenAid mixer and let it rise in a warm oven, instead of using a bread machine, but I don't think that should have made an enormous difference. I made half of the dough regular, and half whole wheat. The whole wheat half was mixed with oat bran, so I can't complain about that part! But the other half was just... there. It didn't really taste like anything much, and the texture wasn't special either. I guess my search for a good oil-free challah recipe isn't over, but this was worth a try. Thanks for posting.