Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday!
Happy Challah Birthday to me!
I have my sister to thank for giving me one of the most memorable birthday surprises! This year she out did herself and made a scavenger hunt for all my presents. I woke up in the morning to find my first clue on my door! Of course I ran all over the house trying to find present after present. The only problem was that I forgot to put my contacts in before I started. Not even hardcore squinting could compensate for my lack of vision so I had to stop and find my glasses before I could finish the hunt. Thanks to my sister for making my birthday that much more memorable and special.
|One of my favorite clues|
Recipe: (makes 2 loaves)
3/4 cup water
1 packet of active dry yeast (about 2 tsp)
1.5 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sugar
3 extra large eggs: 2 for dough, 1 for baste
1/4 cup oil
3-4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
Heath Toffee Chips
White Chocolate Chunks
Red and Blue food coloring
Mix water, yeast, honey and sugar in a mixing bowl. Place in a warm place. This could be next to a window that gets sunlight, or I like to place it in the oven at 120 degrees and then turn off the oven. Let stand for about 10-15 minutes or until the mixture starts to foam.
- Since I was going to color the dough later I gradually added some die to the eggs and oil mixture (about 12 drops of the red and 4 blue) so that it would already have a pink tint before it rises. (You can always add more blue or red later so you get the perfect pink you a looking for)
Knead the ingredients and form into a ball. Oil the large bowl and then roll the ball of dough in the oil. This prevents the dough from sticking to the bowl as it rises. Place the ball back in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place it in a warm place. Let the bowl sit for about an hour and a half, or until the dough has doubled in size.
After it had spent about an hour and 30 minutes rising take the dough out and see if you want to add any more dye. Add in the dye by dropping dye on the dough and kneading it until it is a uniform color. When add more dye make sure to keep a ratio of about 3 red to 1 blue.
We made a three strand challah, but you can do any shape.
After braiding the challah, place on a buttered cookie sheet and allow challah to rise for at least 30 minutes in a warm place. This allows the dough to rise again.
Baste with egg wash (1 egg and 1/2 tbsp water).
Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 or until internal temperature is around 170. If the top of the challah
is getting too dark or hard then place a piece of foil on top of it while the inside continues to cook.
What a pinkalicous challah!