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Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro Photo by: Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

Challah

This traditional Jewish bread has a moist, rich texture and is often braided.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2002

  • Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten

Preparation

Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Add oil and egg, stirring with a whisk. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour and salt to yeast mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)

Punch dough down; shape into a ball. Return dough to bowl; cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Punch dough down; turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest 15 minutes.

Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to keep from drying), shape each portion into a 15-inch rope. Place ropes lengthwise on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray (do not stretch); pinch ends together at one end to seal. Braid ropes, and pinch loose ends together to seal. Cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Uncover dough. Combine 2 teaspoons water and egg yolk; brush over braid. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until loaf is browned on bottom and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 124
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.1g
  • Protein: 3.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 19.5g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg
  • Sodium: 188mg
  • Calcium: 3mg
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