Challah

Just in time for Shabbat, I have finally found a challah recipe that I love! You can find the original version here but I have modified it a little for myself.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tbsp of active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1-2 tbsp of honey for the egg wash
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 8 cups of all-purpose flour (and more for flouring surface/cutting board)
  • 1 tbsp of poppy seeds or sesame seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl/stand mixer, mix in yeast with warm water
  2. Beat in 2 eggs, oil, honey, and salt
  3. Add 1 cup of flower at a time until all 8 cups are incorporated.Knead by hand as necessary until dough is smooth and elastic, but not sticky
  4. Cover with clean,d amp cloth and let ride for 1.5 hours. Dough should double in size
  5. Punch down dough and roll out onto floured board or counter
  6. Divide into quarters
  7. Roll/knead each section for about 5 minutes, flouring as necessary to keep from getting sticky
  8. Working with one quarter at a time, divide into thirds and roll out into long, snakes. Each snake should be the same length and diameter.
  9. Braid snakes. I found it easiest (and prettiest) to start braiding them without connecting them at first, but going back to the top after I finished braiding them all the way down. If you’d like to make round challot, bring the edges together before pinching them
  10. Grease baking sheets (or put parchment paper down) and let the challot rest on sheets
  11. Cover with towel and let rise for 1 hour
  12. Preheat oven to 375*F (190*C)
  13. Beat remaining egg with about 1-2 tbsp of honey and brush a generous amount over each challah
  14. If desired: sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds
  15. Bake for 40 minutes (should sound hollow when thumped on bottom)
  16. Cool before slicing

After 20 or so minutes, you can cover the challot with aluminum foil to prevent them from browning too much.

For Rosh Hashanah I’m going to roll apple chunks in it and see if it works out better than the last time I tried it. I used a different recipe which ended up being too sticky and didn’t end up cooking all the way through. Might add some cinnamon too. Yummm!

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Shabbat Shalom

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Potato Keilbasa Caserole

My boyfriend made a wonderful potato, turkey kielbasa, and cheese casserole (of sorts). He just added that, some non-stick spray, and butter into our baking dish, and baked it to almost perfection.

He used our small hand mandolin to slice the potatoes really thin and stack them sideways. Then we added the turkey kielbasa and cheese on top and baked at 425*F for like an hour or so. The potatoes didn’t quite cook all the way through as much as we (really my boyfriend) would have liked, but cooking sections in a pan the following morning for breakfast was amazing. We’ll definitely try it again and try to work out the kinks so it cooks more thoroughly next time.

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Do you all have any advice on how to cook it better? Let me know if you do, because I’d love to try them.

Need Cooking/Baking Ideas, Help?

My boyfriend and I have a loaf of bread that we want to do something with before it goes bad, like bake some sort of breakfast cake thing or something. So far nothing in my searches have really turned up. I think we wanted to do something breakfast-related but, to be honest, we could do any time of day.

Any suggestions?

And whichever recipe we do use, I’ll totally let you know how it comes out.

Thanks all!

Chag sameach!