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Challah with Bread Booster

  • Expert
  • 2 loaves
  • 3 hr 35 min
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Ingredients

3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
5-3/4 teaspoons Fleischmann's® Bread Booster™
1 cup warm water (100° to 110°F)
2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® Traditional Yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
4 eggs - 3 whole, 1 white. Reserve extra yolk
1 teaspoon water
For greasing, 1 tablespoon Mazola® Canola Oil
Optional, sesame seed
Extra flour for dusting surface

Instructions

In a medium bowl mix flour and Bread Booster together.


Place 1/2 cup warm water in a large warm bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Add remaining water, sugar, butter, salt, and 1-1/2 cups flour mixture; blend well. Stir in 3 eggs, 1 egg white (reserve 1 yolk). When eggs are incorporated, add remaining flour mixture to make soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 25-35 minutes.


Punch dough down. Remove dough to lightly floured surface; divide in half. Set aside 1 half. Divide remaining half into 2 pieces, one about 2/3 of the dough and the other about 1/3 of the dough. Divide the larger piece into 3 equal pieces; roll to 12-inch ropes. Place ropes on a greased baking sheet; braid. Pinch ends to seal. Divide remaining pieces into 3 equal pieces. Roll to 10-inch ropes; braid. Place the small braid on the large braid. Pinch ends firmly to seal and secure to the large braid. Repeat with remaining dough to make a second loaf on another baking sheet. Cover; let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 25-30 minutes.


Beat reserved egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water; brush over loaves. Sprinkle with sesame seed, if desired.


Bake one loaf at a time at 400°F for 13 to 15 minutes or until done.


Bake both loaves at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until done, switching positions of sheets in the oven halfway through baking time. Remove from sheets; let cool on wire racks.


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