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Author: Aušra

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I baked this challah a lot of times, because I just love it. The last time I baked it I prepared the dough and to rise the first time I put it in a fridge for the night. The next morning I took it out, formed challah and let rise it the second time, then baked it. So that morning we had delicious breakfast with still warm challah.

Challah

Time needed:
Yields: 2 challah
Calories: 1161 kcal / challah

Ingredients:

  • 500 g wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsps. salt
  • 7 g dried active yeast
  • 250 ml warm water
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tbsps. sunflower oil
  • 1 egg, to coat challah
  • poppy or sesame seeds

Directions:

  • Pour flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Mix in yeast. In a center make a hole. In another bowl mix water with beaten eggs and oil. Pour mixture in a hole and knead soft dough.
  • On a floured surface knead the dough while it will be tough and doughy. Form a ball and put it in a bowl, coated with oil. Cover with a food film, coated with oil too. Put it in a warm place for 1-1,5 hours, or while the dough doubles.
  • Put dough on a floured surface and punch a few times. Then knead 2-3 minutes while the dough will be stretchy and smooth. Divide it into two parts.
  • Line baking tray with baking paper. Take one part of the dough, divide it to three threads and form challah. Do the same with the second part of dough. Put challah on baking tray, cover with oiled food film, put in a warm place and let rise for 30 minutes or while the dough doubles.
  • Coat challah top with beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated to 230°C oven about 10 minutes. Then lower the heat to 200°C and bake for 20 minutes more or while challah will be solid gold colour. Put on a rack to cool.
  • Enjoy still warm challah slice with butter!

Source: Mary Berry. Klasikinė virtuvė (Alma littera, 2005)

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