Monday, May 23, 2011

Whole Wheat Challah Bread

I make this bread at least two times a week -- we love it for sandwiches and toast!

These directions are for use with a stand mixer with a dough hook, but you can also make it by hand!

1. In the mixing bowl place:
     3 cups whole wheat flour (I prefer white whole wheat)
     1/4 cup sucanat or honey
     2 tsp. yeast
     1 1/2 tsp. salt (I prefer unrefined salt)
Mix briefly to distribute yeast throughout the flour.
2. Melt 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter in 1 1/2 cups very warm water.
3. When coconut oil/butter is melted pour into mixing bowl and turn mixer on to "low"
4. Add 1 egg and continue to mix -- dough will be very sticky.
5. Add flour 1/4-1/2 cup at a time until dough forms a ball and clings to the dough hook and is only slightly sticky.
6. Allow mixer to continue kneading the dough for 5-8 minutes.
7. Remove dough from hook and remove bowl from mixer, cover dough and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 1 hour) -- I usually stick it in my oven with the light on.
8. Punch down dough, divide into two pieces and form each piece into a loaf; place in loaf pans.  Let dough rise until double in size (about 1-3 hours depending on the temperature).  I again let my dough rise in the oven with the light on -- I do not cover my loaves.
9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. (I do not preheat my oven, just turn it on with my risen dough inside and set the timer)
10. Remove from oven and cool!

I hope you enjoy this easy homemade bread!

5 comments:

  1. I've just started grinding my wheat & making whole wheat bread from scratch (thank you, Heavenly Homemaker!). I'm looking forward to trying out your challa & your pudding pops! Thanks for posting!

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  2. I'm curious why Challah? A year ago my husband and I decided to start abstaining from Biblically unclean foods and it has started us on quite the journey. I am currently studying Hebrew and the roots of the Christian church. Since Challah is traditionally a Hebrew bread and I love to bake I've been toying with the idea of trying to make it from my fresh milled flour. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

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  3. Also, My homemade bread is very similar it only has 1 cup of water though and only 1 1/2 tbsps of coconut oil. I also add 1/8 cup of milk and I use my bread machine to mix the dough for me. It's also great with 3 tsps of cinnamon, 2/3 cup of Raisins, and 1/3 cup of honey instead of 1/4 cup. I find that the original recipe also works great for hamburger buns (9 buns)and the sweeter version (with 1/3 cup honey) makes splendid monkey bread and cinnamon rolls (a dozen).

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  4. "Challah" is the name given to a bread made with eggs -- is Challah Hebrew for egg? A traditional Jewish Challah bread is formed into a braided loaf and brushed with a beaten egg before it is baked. I have found that the egg helps the bread stay soft unlike other bread recipes I have tried.

    I don't have a grain mill yet...hoping to get the attachment for my Kitchen Aid for birthday/Christmas. I used my bread machine on "dough" setting for two years before getting my Kitchen Aid for Christmas -- this recipe works well in a bread machine too! I've also made this recipe using honey instead of sucanat and I've also turned it into dinner rolls, hamburger buns, monkey bread and cinnamon rolls on occasion.

    My God bless you on your journey into "clean" foods! We try to keep to "clean" foods also...I'm trying to figure out how to celebrate the Jewish high holidays from a Christian perspective -- I think it would be a great physical/visual connection of the Old Testament to the New Testament and Christ for our kids!

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  5. I'm with you on trying to figure out how to progress from here concerning the Holidays. We've started incorporating the Sabbath on Saturday and that means putting some of our own endeavors aside on that day. It's been a blessing and yet a challenge at the same time.I'm amazed at how energized I am on Sunday and also with how strange but "right" it seems to have the week revolve around His Day. I'm really not sure about Christmas or Easter. I never really bought into the commercialism anyway but I'm still very uncertain...

    You are so blessed that your little ones are so little :). We started later in the game with our 5 year old and 11 year old. It's especially hard for the 11 year old having a sort of an alter-life when he visits his Mom every other weekend.(he's my "red-headed step-son" literally :) She is not a Christian. He's struggling with why we need to change things at all. As I read His Word though, I just can't find any proof that God's "Law" is done away with when over and over again he tells us that if we love him we will obey him. And the NT even tells us that all scripture is useful and good (2 Tim. 3:16)...When those words were written...the "scripture" was the old Testament. Anyway...like I said, a blessing and a challenge both...understanding more and more what it is to be "set apart".

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