Challah —— 2 loaves, 3+ hours (lol)


Ingredients
- 3.5 cups flour x2 (7 cups total)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp salt
- 4.5 tsp yeast
- 1/2 cup oil (I used about 1/4 cup vegetable and 1/4 cup olive)
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 eggs


Directions
1. Mix warm water + 1 tbps sugar + yeast (let activate and get foamy and stuff for 10 mins).
2. Mix 3.5 cups flour w remaining sugar, salt, and your yeast mix (I don't have a mixer or a bread hook so I did this by hand wah lol).
3. Slowly mix in the rest of the flour (it gets pretty flour-y here — I added a little bit more water here - like literally 2 small cupped hand fulls lol - to make the dough a little bit more workable).
4. Mix in 1/2 cup oil and 1 beaten egg. After mixing this long enough dough should look like dough (recipe said should start to pull away from edges of bowl but this didn't rly happen to me - bowl was still a bit flour-y).
5. Kneed for 10 mins (I added in another tiny little bit more warm water here? Like a tiny handful)
6. Oil up a bowl and leave put your dough inside it. Rotate it so the oil covers the dough. Put warm damp towel on top let rise for 2 hours. Punch down dough (like 4 lil small punches) every 20 mins.
7. Cut into 8 pieces and braid into 2 loaves (or one giant roll ???) — I used
this video because I have never done this before and don't know anyone who has :( — My braids were probably about a foot long each rolled out.
8. Let formed loaves sit on parchment lined baking sheet for 30 mins (tbh I don't know what this step is supposed to do - would love to know though if anyone reading this knows). Good time to preheat your oven to 375° F probably
9. Beat your last egg and do a light egg wash on loaves. You should add sesame seeds here!!! I didn't because I forgot and didn't have any :(
10. Center baking rack for 25 mins at 375° F and another 10 mins in with the oven off.


Notes: Turned out nice and a tiny bit dense (which I think is good?) and tasty (the tiniest bit sweet - to be honest I kinda imagined it would be pandesal or like Hawaiian sweet roll sweet - have never had challah before, just seen pictures). Next time would like to add a little bit more sugar (maybe will try 3/5 cups sugar?) and add sesame seeds (big missed op on my part tbh).

Based on a recipe from this book.

Challah
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