There's something comforting about the smell of bread baking. It may spark cherished family memories or cause us to breathe slowly and deeply as we anticipate that first delicious bite! Baking is so much easier with our mixer stand. The mixer is stored in the cabinet, and with a simple lift, it is counter-height and ready to use.
In honor of National Homemade Bread Day, we want to share a recipe for Challah bread.
FOR THE DOUGH
1/2 c. lukewarm water
1 (0.25-oz.) packet active dry yeast
1/3 c. plus 1 tsp. granulated sugar
4 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 c. vegetable oil
3 large eggs
FOR THE EGG WASH
1 large egg
2 tsp. water
1 tsp. granulated sugar
Poppy seeds or sesame seeds (optional)
In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine lukewarm water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add flour, remaining ⅓ cup sugar, and salt and whisk to combine. Add yeast mixture, oil, and eggs and mix on medium speed until a smooth dough is formed and pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 10 to 15 minutes. Dough will still be slightly sticky.
Place dough into a greased bowl and let rise, covered, until doubled, 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, remove dough and and divide into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 20” long rope, about 1” wide. Place ropes onto prepared baking sheet and pinch tops together and tuck under. Wet your hands lightly to help pinch together, if necessary.
Braid dough into one long rope. Pinch bottom ends together and tuck under braid. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until an indention remains after poking the dough and almost doubled, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350°. Beat egg, water, and sugar together and brush over risen dough. Sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds, if desired.
Bake until bread is golden, 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before slicing.
Making this bread together can be a great family experience. It is a lot of fun, but the very best thing is creating more cherished memories. Enjoy!