Everything Seasoning Challah In Judaism, Challah is the bread of celebration! Challah was a major part of our life growing up. Every Friday night, like clock-work came fresh, hot, fluffy Challah. This recipe is an homage to the Challah’s we grew up. Although it may seem daunting, it is about time, patience and working towards making something that is delicious. Indulging in a Friday night Challah is about taking a breathe from the week and meditating on all that is yet to come. What do you wish in this moment for the next week? There is a feeling that you bake all of your emotions into this bread. As you kneed the dough, take out all the doubt and hardship from the week and bake it into something new. Think of this as the kick off to a weekend of resetting and understanding. This is a beautiful recipe that we know you will love.
4 cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 once (1 package) Active Dry Yeast
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Honey
Everything Bagel Seasoning
1. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of warm water, 2 tsp of sugar and 1 packet of yeast. Let the yeast foam, at least 5-10 minutes. It should approximately double in size.
2. In a large bowl combine, olive oil, eggs, salt, sugar. Add foamed yeast. Add flour and stir until it comes together.
3. Knead by hand until it has a dough like texture. Feel free to put a bit more flour in case it has not reached your desired consistency. (We ended up using 5 cups)
4. Transfer dough into a bowl and cover with a dishtowel. Let dough rise in a warm place for at least an 2 hours.
5. Now that the dough has risen, time to get braiding! We found some amazing options on YouTube with 4 braids, 6 braids, fancier braids, no braids. This is your time to get creative.
6. Once challah is prepared, let it rest for another hour.
7. Preheat oven to 325 degree F.
8. In a small bowl combine 1 egg and 2 tbsp of water. Mix together and coat the challah with the egg wash. Then add your Everything Bagel Seasoning on top (be generous).
8. Place challah in oven for 20 minutes. Remove then coat in honey mixed with water for a sweet glaze. 2 tbsp honey and a touch of water.
9. Place back in the oven for 10 minutes!
10. Let rest and devour the best challah…but really…you just made bread! How cool is that!