Bread Machine Challah
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Challah used to be a mystery to me, a skill my mother in law could not pass on to me, until I discovered this bread machine shortcut.
Serves: 1 loaf
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp butter, cut up
  • 1¼ tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp bread machine yeast
  1. Place water, eggs, butter, salt, bread flour, sugar and yeast in the bread machine, in the order listed, with the yeast as the final ingredient.
  2. Press the dough cycle button (on our machine, we select knead and rise cycles totalling an hour and 40 minutes).
  3. When the dough cycle is done (a little over an hour), remove the dough from the machine. If it is a little sticky, add a little flour to make it easier to handle.
  4. Now comes the edible playdough fun. Divide dough into three equal balls. Roll each ball into a 10 inch ropes. No need to get your ruler out. It's more important that the strands are equal lengths.
  5. Braid together and firmly tuck ends under loaf.
  6. Place on silpat mat or lightly greased cookie sheet.
  7. Let stand for about 15 minutes for second rise.
  8. Beat one egg and brush onto dough.
  9. Bake at 375F for 28-30 minutes.
  10. If you can control yourself from tearing large chunks of the hot bread and eating it right out of the oven, allow to cool on cooling rack so bottom does not get soggy.
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