It’s Friday and not only does that mean we talk about our favorite things, but it’s Shabbat! If you don’t do it regularly, maybe you can make plans tonight to cook a nice Shabbat dinner for you and your fiance! As every nice Jewish girl knows, the way to a nice Jewish boy’s heart is through his tummy! Then again, if you’re reading this site, you’ve already secured yourself a nice Jewish boy. Holla!
Oh, speaking of which, why not bake a nice challah tonight? We’ve got a Friday Favorites recipe for you that is carbtastically delicious! And if you’ve never taken a stab at braiding and baking a challah, go ahead and try it! You’ll be surprised how easy it is!
5 pounds sifted all-purpose flour
2 ounces fresh yeast
2 tablespoons coarse salt
4 1/4 cups warm water (add an additional 1/4 cup for softer dough)
3/4 cup oil
1 1/3 cups sugar
5 egg yolks
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup of warm water and add 1 tablespoon of sugar. Stir. When bubbles rise, the yeast has activated. In your mixer, combine the salt, 2/3 of the flour, oil, sugar, yolks, water and the activated yeast last. Set the machine on medium for 12 minutes. When you see the dough begin to form, add the remaining flour into the mixer and continue mixing.
Transfer the dough to a very large well-greased bowl, cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm spot for 2 to 3 hours or until double in bulk. (Optional: punch dough down after 1 hour and let rise again)
Divide a large piece of dough into 4 parts. From 3 parts roll out three 12 inch strands. Divide the fourth part into 3 and roll out three small strands. Braid the large strands as if braiding hair until you form your challah. Then braid the smaller strands into a mini challah. Place the mini on top of the larger challah.
After you have formed your challahs allow them to rise for 20 minutes in greased baking dishes. Paint the challahs with beaten egg yolks and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for the first 15 minutes then, reduce to 350 degrees for another 30 to 45 minutes.
Your gorgeous, freshly made challah deserves a beautiful home on Shabbat. And why not serve it on this beautiful, ceramic challah board? We love that this challah board goes with any style home and features traditional traits. This would be a beautiful addition on any dining table.
You can purchase this piece for yourself or as a gift at Yussel’s Place, located online and in Long Island!