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Recipe: Nutella challah

h/t Maureen Caro who adapted it from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

2 1/4 tsp yeast
2/3 cup warm water
1 tsp honey (I usually use just a bit of sugar)
Proof those in a big bowl
Add-
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup olive oil
2 large eggs (I usually do about a half here, I reserve most of a third egg yolk and some white for the egg wash, the extra bit I put in here)
Mix
Then add 1 1/2 tsp table salt
4 cups bread flour
Knead till its a nice cohesive ball
Oil the bowl and put it back in, I cover it with a damp towel and put it in a pre warmed oven
Rise for an hour or two until doubled
I make the egg wash here- most of an egg yolk and a little white, I like whole milk but cream or water would be fine, just a splash of that. You can put vanilla and sea salt or sugar, I like vanilla although it makes your house smell pleasantly booz

Separate into three cylinders and then flatten them if you're going to put filling in or Nutella, then roll them back into cylinders. There's lots of challah braiding instruction videos on YouTube, I am boring and just make a three strand braid. Oil a cookie sheet or bread stone (I don't have one, I use a cookie sheet) and put the braid on. Brush with egg wash and allow to rise again for about an hour. Mine have been looking fat lately, I think I let them rise too much, so you might not need to do a lot of this.
Brush again, preheat oven to 375. She says to put it in for 35+ minutes, I usually do maybe 15-20 in my oven, it might be a function of our ovens or altitude or something, I don't know. It should look nice and bronze.
Oh and no whole wheat, just bread or all purpose flour, I tried that once and ew nobody ate it.

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joirerson
May. 25th, 2015 02:19 am (UTC)
Ahh you put it in your livejournal!! I've been off lj for forever because of personal stuff, I hadn't seen this.

Did you try to make it yet? I think I might make bread tomorrow. I might try making it into two loaves, though.
caitri
May. 25th, 2015 02:24 am (UTC)
I HAVE NOT BECAUSE LIFE IS CRUEL! I have been traveling and working on the house and basically my fridge is a lot of frozen food and a giant thing of cherries that is now half empty even though I bought it yesterday. >_>
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