of Jewish Tradition
Jewish egg bread was first baked by Central European Jews during
the Middle Ages. This recipe may either be made into a simple
three-strand braid or divided into more strands to make fancy
braided bread. The elaborately braided crown-shaped challah made
for Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—is a symbol of unity,
peace and creation.
¾ cup fat-free milk, warmed to 110°
package rapid-rise active dry yeast
tablespoons canola oil
cups bread flour
tablespoon butter, melted
1 large egg yolk
machine method: Measure the milk, yeast, honey,
eggs, oil, salt and flour into a bread machine pan.
on sweet, large dough cycle. When complete go to step 4.
method: In a large bowl, measure the milk, yeast,
and turmeric. Beat in eggs, oil and salt. Stir in enough
to make a soft dough.
3. Turn out onto a
floured board, knead until smooth and elastic.
in an oiled bowl, turn once to coat with oil. Cover with a
cloth. Turn oven on to 200
°, when you can feel heat,
the oven off. Let it rise until double, then punch down.
4. You may be able
to just oil your hands and make the 3 ropes.
dough is too sticky, place dough on a floured breadboard;
into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a log shape. Lift dough
and rub dough between palms to form 12 to 14-inch long ropes.
on a baking sheet and connect the ends by moistening them
water, fold ends on one side under. Braid 3 ropes loosely
seal the ends with a little water.
5. Brush with
melted butter and let sit in the warm oven until
The next step is crucial and the secret to a golden
loaf. The egg yolk should be well beaten and then
brushed over the loaf. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
6. Bake in a
oven 25 minutes or until a knife
skewer comes out clean. Serve with butter and maybe your
jam. This bread is delicious with soup.
Sometimes this bread turns out even better if I forget
remove it immediately after the first rising and let it rise
in the bread machine after it has been automatically
to knock down the air pockets. You may want to try
double rising one time to see which you prefer.
Makes 1 braided loaf