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Challah II (P, TNT)
Source: Self
Serves: 48

2 packages yeast, (or 1 Israeli)
4 cups white bread flour, approximately
4 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
5 large eggs
1-1/4 cups warm water
1 egg, beaten
Sesame seeds

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Have remaining ingredients at room temperature. To yeast mixture, add salt, sugar, margarine and 5 eggs. Mix well.

Gradually add whole wheat flour, then enough bread flour so that the dough can be kneaded. Knead well, adding bread flour as needed. Place in oiled bowl, turning dough to oil the top. Cover with a damp towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled. Punch down, and let rise again.

Form into braided or spiral loaves (2 gigantic or 4 medium or 8 small or a combination of these). Place on baking sheets, which have been sprayed with vegetable oil cooking spray. Let rise until almost doubled.

Brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 30 minutes. or until loaves test done. (We use a convection oven, and the bread is done after 25 minutes.)

Poster's Notes:
Two impressive shapes:

1) Divide the dough two-thirds/one-third. Divide the larger section into three. Roll each of these smaller sections into ropes, and braid together. Repeat the dividing and braiding with the smaller section of dough. Brush the larger braid with egg, and center the smaller braid on it, securing with toothpicks. Remove the toothpicks after the rising period.

2) Divide the dough into thirds. Roll each piece into a very long, thin rope. Braid these together. Form a spiral with the braid, starting at the center and tucking the end under when done.

Posted by Annice Grinberg, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 106 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (20% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 18g Carbohydrate; 23mg Cholesterol; 141mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates