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

Craziness abound

Hey ya’ll

craziness abound here. so here’s a rundown of what’s happened recently and what’s going on as we speak:

1. worked 53 hours last week on top of class. gahh!

2. my roommate Julie left me for a little bit to take part in her sister’s wedding (MAZELS!!!). she’s back now…and has a new boyfriend!!!!!!!! so adorbs 🙂

3. after work on sunday, hung out by my friend derek’s place….until it was like 6am. crashed at his place for like 1.5 hours before driving the five minutes back to my apartment and going to work at 11am. long as day.

4. one of my contacts fell out yesterday on my drive to work, so i worked with only one eye in all of yesterday.

5. my roommate Bri officially left this morning (self termed. Disney just wasn’t the place for her)

6. WE’RE GETTING A NEW ROOMMATE IN LIKE 45 MINUTES!! Don’t even get a day to mourn Bri leaving. We’re speculating things about her; but all we know is her first name. so we’re crazy cleaning and rushing to organize life so we don’t make the worst first impression on her. but unless she’s an international programmer or something i think she just turned 21 and is moving into non-wellness housing (21+ housing. basically we can have alcohol).

7. I made steak (technically sirloin or something like that) marinated in like a honey pineapple BBQ glaze or something like that. I just pan seared it (or fried it as my roommate Cassie would say)Image

and rice pilaf 🙂
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8. I finally saw the legendary 3 o’clock parade in magic kingdom the other day. New life goal- BE in the 3 o’clock parade

9. my boyfriend finally stood up for himself at work and is putting his apartment together and everything 🙂 so proud and happy for him

10. my class is going to studios on thursdays. we have to go on rides. life is hard isn’t it.

11. all i want in my life is gefilte fish, humus, challah, and alcohol. miss my chabad family ❤

i guess that all for my crash course update 🙂 have fun everyone and don’t forget to make magic!