The Best Bread Machine Challah

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This recipe originally comes from Kosher by Design by Susie Fishbein. I've been making this challah every week for the last two months, and it makes a delicious, rich challah. I don't use the bread machine method, making the dough in my Kenwood mixer and giving the final knead by hand, then braiding the challah and baking it in the oven. I'm posting this as a bread machine recipe at the request of Miraklegirl. BTW, I don't use all the water called for in the recipe, I usually add a bit at a time until I'm happy with the consistency of the dough.

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  • add   sesame seeds or poppy seeds
  • add   1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • add   4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour (I use bread flour)
  • add   1 1/2 cups water
  • add   1/2 cup sugar (I use brown sugar)
  • add   1/3 cup oil
  • add   1 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • add   1 large egg
  • add   5 large egg yolks

Instructions

  1. Place the water, egg yolks, salt oil, flour, sugar and yeast in the bread machine pan, according to the manufacturer's directions.
  2. Process the ingredients in the dough cycle.
  3. Remove immediately when the machine beeps.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Divide the dough in half.
  6. Divide each piece into three sections.
  7. Roll each section into a long strand.
  8. Braid the three strands, pinching the top and bottom ends together.
  9. Place on a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet.
  10. Repeat with the remaining dough, making the second challah.
  11. Let the challot rise, covered, for 30 minutes.
  12. Brush the challot with the beaten egg.
  13. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or a combination of both.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Cool on a wire rack.