Friday, December 25, 2015

hanukkah star challah


  • Servings: 1
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 2/3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, or more if desired


    Cook Time: 35 mins Ready Time: 2 hrs 5 mins

  • place 1 cup of water, eggs, salt, sugar, bread flour, and yeast into the pan of a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. select the dough setting, and start the machine.
  • when cycle is completed, remove dough from the machine, and set a floured work surface for 15 minutes to rest. cover dough with a towel or large bowl to prevent drying out.
  • knead the dough several times, and cut into 6 equal pieces. roll each piece out into a rope about 10 inches long and 1 inch in diameter.
  • line a baking sheet with parchment paper. lay 3 ropes of bread the prepared baking sheet, and pinch ropes together firmly at the ends to form a pointed triangle. weave 3 more ropes over and underneath each point of the first triangle to make a second, interwoven triangle. pinch it closed tightly at the edges to make a 6-pointed star. set the baking sheet in a warm place, and allow to rise until doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • preheat the oven to 375 degrees f (190 degrees c). whisk egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water, and brush the mixture over the loaf; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • bake in the preheated oven until the challah is shiny, golden brown, and sounds hollow when tapped, about 35 minutes.

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