This blog is slowly morphing into a food blog. I realized that most of my time not blogging is spent cooking or simply thinking about food, so I suppose that writing about it is quite appropriate.
Anyway, my new food obsession is making my own handmade bread. The scent of fresh bread baking in the oven is heavenly! Today I made a whole wheat oatmeal bread and yesterday, I made a delicious, hand-braided loaf of challah. It was so good that me, the Ex, and Gavin ate all of it within minutes of taking it out of the oven.
- 4 cups flour
- 1 package yeast
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs for challah dough
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 egg for egg wash
Combine flour, sugar, and salt in a big bowl. In a separate bowl, pour 1 cup of warm water, add the yeast, and let it soak for 5 minutes. Add 1-1/2 cups flour mixture to the water, beat, set aside with a dishtowel covering it. Let sit for 30 min. Add two eggs, beat, then knead in the rest of the flour mixture for about 10 minutes. Let rise again for about an hour.
Knead the dough on a floured board for about 3 minutes, and cut dough in thirds. Make three “snakes” with each and braid, pinch ends, tuck under. Let rise again for a about an hour or so while covered with a dish cloth.
Brush gently with egg wash (1 egg and 1 tsp. water), bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Reduce to 375 degrees and continue baking until a nice, golden crust forms.