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Bread Machine Challah II (D/P, TNT)
Source: some bread site on the net
Serves: about 24; makes one 2# loaf, or two 1#-loaves

7/8 cup water
1/2 tbsp. salt
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine, or vegetable. oil
4 cups all purpose flour (can substitute whole wheat flour for 1 cup)
2 tsp. yeast

Place water, salt, honey, eggs, margarine/oil, flour, and yeast in order given into the bread machine.

Set the machine to Dough cycle, and start.

Remove dough from the machine after first rising. Divide dough into three or four equal pieces. Braid the pieces, and tuck the ends under. Place on a greased baking tray. This bread can also be made in a 9"x5" greased loaf pan (or set the bread machine on regular cycle). Allow to rise until doubled in size.

Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 35-45 minutes. Bread is done when the crust is golden brown.

Poster's Notes:
I realized that it might be easier if I just reposted the great challah recipe I mentioned before. I think I got it from a bread recipe site, but that was well over a year ago. I usually add just a touch more honey than is called for, and substitute vegetable oil for the margarine with no trouble. For Rosh Hashanah I add about a cup or so of raisins at the machine's beeping, roll out the dough into a thick tube, and twist it into a round.

To achieve a high gloss finish, baste the loaf before the final rising and just before baking with an egg wash - 1 egg beaten with a little water.

To make an environment warm enough to facilitate good rising, I set the loaf on my clothes dryer, dry a load of clothes, and close the laundry room door. The dryer creates enough heat to let the bread rise wonderfully, and I've not found that the vibrations have been detrimental in any way.

Posted by Beren Orenstein

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A