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How to braid challah:
Make Challah per your favorite recipe.View page
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle a little more flour over it. Spread and flatten the dough a bit, but don't worry about punching it down. Cut it into six equal pieces. Set aside the dough pieces, cover them lightly with plastic, and brush all the flour off the work surface. Have a small bowl of water handy. Using no flour, roll a piece of dough with a rolling pin into a very thin sheet, between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick (don't worry about making a rectangle; an amoeba-type shape is fine). The dough may stick to the work surface; this is all rightjust nudge it gently with a dough scraper. Tightly roll up the sheet like a carpet to form a strand. Roll the strand back and forth between your hands until it's thin, very even, and 12 to 15 inches long. At the ends of the strand,angle the outer edge of your hands into the work surface as you're rolling to make the ends pointy and the strand thicker in the middle (This will help you get a football-shaped loaf). The strand needs to grip the work surface slightly during this rolling;the "grab" will help as youroll. If the strand is too slick, very lightly dampen it with water to help it grip the work surface better. Repeat the rolling out, rolling up, and elongating steps with the remaining five pieces of dough, rolling them out to the same length. Lightly sprinkle all the strands with flour to prevent them from sticking to one another during proofing. Arrange the strands parallel to one another. At one end, gather and pinch the strands very tightly together. Weight the end with a heavy canister to keep the braid from moving and to leave your hands free, and braid closely, following the illustrations below. Lightly tap each end of the loaf with your palms to tuck it under the loaf.
Transfer the braid to the lined baking sheet and cover it loosely but thoroughly with plastic wrap. Let proof until doubled in bulk and the loaf remains indented when lightly pressed, about 2 hours, depending on room temperature. (If in doubt, let the dough proof more rather than less.)
Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 325°F. Just before baking, brush the dough with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, if using. Optional - With a thin wooden skewer, pokethe bread deeply all over (the holes will prevent air pockets and help the bread keep its shape during baking). Bake for 20 minutes. Rotate thechallah 180degrees and bake until the bread is a dark, burnished brown, about another 15 minutes. (If the challah is browning too rapidly cover it loosely with foil and let it finish baking. Don't remove the loaf too soon, as you'll risk underbaking.) Let cool thoroughly on a rack.
Original WP Post ID: 7264
Original WP Pub Date: 2014-02-13_113937
From Dad's recipe book, page 10
4 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
2 cakes yeast
4 cups sifted flour
Mix oil, sugar, salt and water. When like warm, at yeast and stir. Beat eg until foamy and add to yeast mixture. Mix in flour. Knead until smooth. Shape into 12-15 donuts. Cover and let rise for 10 minutes. Drop one at a time into boiling water approx 2-3 minutes. Remove and put on a well greased cooky [sic] sheet. Sprinkly with seeds if desired wile they are wet. Bake at 400 for 20-25 min.
Original WP Post ID: 1483
Original WP Pub Date: 2011-10-29_095520
3 cups self rising flour
2 tbs sugar
4 oz melted butter
12 oz beer
Mix together all but beer. Slowly add beer. Bake in a greased loaf pan for one hour at 350-375.
Original WP Post ID: 7357
Original WP Pub Date: 2014-02-13_151412
Extra rising time in a cool environment gives this bread assertively sour flavor. No. we didn't make a mistake here; there's no added yeast in this recipe. Less yeast allows the dough rise longer, developing extra-sour flavor.
1 cup (8 1/2 ounces) "fed" sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups ( 12 ounces) luke-warm water
2 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
5 cups (21 1/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon to 5/8 teaspoon sour salt (citric acid), optional, for extra-sour bread
Pour the cup of starter into a large mixing bowl. Add the warm water and 3 cups of flour. Beat vigorously. Cover with plastic wrap and set it aside to rest at cool room temperature (68F to 70F is optimal) for 4 hours. Then refrigerate overnight, or for about 12 hours.
Add the remaining ingredients, kneading to form a smooth,soft dough. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise till very puffy though not necessarily doubled,about 5 hours.
Divide the dough in half, and shape into two oval loaves. Place on a baking sheet, cover, and let rise till doubled, about 2 to 3 hours.
Slash the tops of the loaves, and bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack. Yield: 2 loaves.
Find complete step-by-step photos for both of these breads, as well as other sourdough treats, online at kingarthurflour.com/recipes.
Original WP Post ID: 7381
Original WP Pub Date: 2014-02-13_175517
Maple Walnut Whole Wheat and Oat Loaf
Yield: 1 Large Round Loaf
Original WP Post ID: 7016
Original WP Pub Date: 2013-12-16_163425
aka Baba Joan's Bread
6 cups flour (2 lb)
2 cups water *
1/4 cup oil
2 pkgs yeast
1 tbs salt
1/4 cup honey or 1/4 cup sugar (2 oz)
2 eggs (up to five for a super rich Challah)*
wheat germ (not for Challah)
1 tbs cider vinegar (helps keep bread longer)
2-3 tbs vital wheat gluten (for a higher rise)
Put yeast in 1/2 cup water let rise until it looks like beer. Mix dry ingredients, add wet. Mix well adding additional water to get a moist but barely sticky dough*. Knead until elastic.
Let rise until double and knead again. Shape and put in pans or on a tray if braided. Let rise again. brush with egg wash and sprinkle with seeds if desired.
Bake at 350°F for approximately half an hour.
From Dad's recipe book. Page 1.
6 cups flour (2 lb)
2 cups water (+ 1/4 cup if honey isn't used)
1/4 cup oil
2 pkgs yeast
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey or 1/4 (4 oz) cups sugar (see above)
Put yeast in water - let rise ntil it looks like beer. Mix dry ingredients, add wet. Mix well and knead. Let rise and knead again. Shake and put in pans. Let rise. Bake at 350°F for approximately half an hour.
Original WP Post ID: 370
Original WP Pub Date: 2010-09-12_194037
Parmesan Flat Bread
3 cups flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup (2 oz) parmesan cheese, grated
Combine dry ingredients except cheese. Combine milk and 1/3 cup butter and add to flour mixture mixing just until mixed. Spread into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Brush with remaining butter, sprinkle with cheese.
Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes or until top is crisp and golden brown,. Cut into rectangles and serve warm.
Original WP Post ID: 7367
Original WP Pub Date: 2014-02-13_171328
This full-flavored, not aggressively sour bread is a good introduction to the sourdough process.
1 cup (8 l/2 ounces) "fed" sourdough starter
l l/2 cups ( 1 2 ounces)luke- warm water
2 l/2 teaspoons salt
l tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons instant yeast
5 cups (21 1/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
Combine all of the ingredients, kneading to form a smooth, soft dough, adding a bit of additional flour if needed.Place dough in a greased bowl. cover, and let rise until doubled, about 90 minutes.
Divide the dough in half and shape into two oval loaves. Place on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise till very puffy, about 60 minutes. Slash the tops, and bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 30 minutes. or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack. Yield: 2 loaves.
Original WP Post ID: 7376
Original WP Pub Date: 2014-02-13_174345
**Sourdough Starter Basics (From King Arthur Flour - buy their starter it's wonderful)
Your sourdough starter, a descendant of one that began its life over 250 years ago, may look a little the worse for wear after its trip. It may also have a sharp, astringent odor; this is normal. What it needs is food and water, but be careful not to consume raw starter yourself.
Use chlorine-free tap water (or bottled water) to feed your starter. Add l/4 cup lukewarm water to the starter container, and stir with a spoon to partially dissolve the starter and loosen it from the container. Place the starter/water in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water and 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. Mix, loosely cover the bowl, and let it sit at cool room temperature (about 68F to 70F) for 8 to 12 hours. It should expand and become bubbly, or at least start to bubble. Stir the starter and discard about half; this will bring the acidity to the proper level.
Mix in l /2 cup water and l cup flour. Let it sit for another 2 to 4 hours or till it starts to show bubbles again. Divide it in half once more: give half to a friend or discard, as you choose. Feed the remaining half with l /2 cup water and 1 cup flour. Let rest at room temperature, covered, for another 2 to 4 hours. Now the starter can be used, or refrigerated in a 1-quart (or larger) loosely covered non-reactive container.
Using your starter in a recipe: making "fed" or "ripe" starter
If your starter has been refrigerated, you need to feed it before you use it in a recipe. Up to 12 hours before beginning a recipe, stir the starter and discard 1 cup. Feed the remaining starter with 1 /2 cup water and l cup flour. Let it sit for 4 to 12 hours before using in a recipe. Use however much "fed starter" the recipe calls for, and feed the remainder with 112 cup water and 1 cup flour. Let this remaining starter sit at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours, until bubbly, then cover and refrigerate.
If you're not planning to use your starter for over a week, take it out and feed it once a week as described above. Start by discarding (or using) 1 cup of the starter. After mixing in more flour and water, you can return the starter to the refrigerator without waiting for it to get bubbly first.
Maintaining your starter
Sweetening a starter: If your starter is too sour, reserve 1 cup and throw away the rest. Feed the reserved starter with 1 cup water and 2 cups flour. Mix well and let rest for 4 hours before using or refrigerating.
Increasing your starter: To grow a large amount of starter, simply feed it l cup of water and 2 cups of flour, without discarding any. Feed again 2 to 4 hours later, and you'll have plenty on hand to use or to share.
Resuscitating a neglected starter: If your sourdough starter sits in the refrigerator for too long between feedings, it will develop a thick layer of liquid on top, will smell very strong, and will be sluggish(not produce many bubbles). If this happens, pour off most of the liquid, throw all but 1 cup of the remaining starter away, and feed with l /2 cup water and 1 cup flour. If the starter is still alive, it will begin to bubble after a few hours. Discard about half at this point and feed it again with 1/2 cup water and 1 cup flour. Let it sit for another 2 to 4 hours, then use or refrigerate it.
When to start over: If your sourdough starter begins to mold, or the odor is not the usual clean, sour aroma (on alcohol smell is OK), or if it develops a pink or orange color, throw it out. It's very rare for this to happen, so don't worry. ..
Original WP Post ID: 7374
Original WP Pub Date: 2014-02-13_173715
Thanks to King Arthur Flour
2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup sourdough starter, unfed
Waffle or pancake batter
all of the overnight sponge
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Tips from our bakers
Want to make pancakes? Simply cook the batter in rounds on a griddle, rather than in a waffle iron.
1) To make the overnight sponge, stir down your refrigerated starter, and remove 1 cup.
2) In a large mixing bowl, stir together the 1 cup starter, flour, sugar, and buttermilk.
3) Cover and let rest at room temperature overnight.
4) In a small bowl or mixing cup, beat together the eggs, and oil or butter. Add to the overnight sponge.
5) Add the salt and baking soda, stirring to combine. The batter will bubble.
6) Pour batter onto your preheated, greased waffle iron, and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions.
7) Serve waffles immediately, to ensure crispness. Or hold in a warm oven till ready to serve.
Yield: 1 dozen 8" waffles or about 2 dozen medium pancakes.
Serving Size: 1 waffle or 2 pan Servings Per Batch: 12 waffles or 24 pan Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190 Calories from Fat: 50 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g. Cholesterol: 35mg Sodium: 300mg Total Carbohydrate: 27g Dietary Fiber: 1g Sugars: 5g Protein: 6g.
Original WP Post ID: 7253
Original WP Pub Date: 2014-02-13_111734