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Challah
Recipe Courtesy North Dakota Wheat Commission
www.ndWheat.com

Ingredients
4-5 cups bread flour, divided
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
1/3 cup margarine, softened
1/16 teaspoon saffron*, optional
1 cup very warm water (120 to 130 degrees)
4 eggs at room temperature, divided
1 teaspoon cold water
teaspoon poppy seed, optional

Instructions
In a large bowl, thoroughly mix 1 cups flour, sugar, salt
and yeast. Add margarine.
 

 

Add saffron to warm water; let stand 3
minutes. Pour into the flour mixture, stir to blend, then beat
with mixer 2 minutes on medium speed. Add 3 whole eggs
and 1 egg white (reserve yolk) and cup flour. Beat
at high speed 1 minute. Stir in additional flour to make
soft dough.

Turn out onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth and
elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning dough to
coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft,
until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; turn out
onto lightly floured board. Divide dough in half and set aside
1 piece. Divide the dough into 2 pieces; one about 1/3
and the other about 2/3 of dough. Divide the larger piece
into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-inch rope.
Braid the ropes together; pinch ends to seal. Divide smaller piece
 

 
into 3 equal pieces, rolling each piece into a 10-inch rope.
Braid ropes together; place smaller braid on top of large braid.
Seal braids together at ends. Place on greased baking sheet. Repeat
with the remaining dough to form second loaf.

Beat together remaining egg
yolk and 1 teaspoon cold water; brush loaves with egg mixture.
Sprinkle with poppy seed. Cover with plastic sprayed with nonstick spray.
Let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled, about
1 hour. Bake in preheated 400-degree oven 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove from baking sheets onto wire racks and cool.

Makes 2 loaves.

*Saffron,
which provides color and flavor, can be purchased powdered or in
strands.

Nutritional Information
 

 
With 16 slices per loaf, one slice provides approximately: 107 calories,
3 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 3 g
fat, 27 mg cholesterol, 41 mcg folate, 1 mg iron, 140
mg sodium.