This recipe makes 2 medium sized challahs and 2 large rolls.
Put the following liquid ingredients into bread machine pan:
1 and 1/2 cups warm water
a tiny bit more than 1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup egg beaters (or 1 egg)
Put the following dry ingredients into the bread machine pan (except for yeast):
6 cups white flour
a little over 1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt
Use finger to form a well (little hole) in the flour and pour in yeast (2 pkgs. of active dry yeast – rapid rise). Make sure that the yeast does NOT touch any liquid.
Close the lid of the bread machine and select the “Dough/Pasta” setting. Press “Start.” About 10 minutes into the kneading cycle, open the lid and scrape the dough from the sides of the pan into the dough so that all of the flour in kneaded in. Also, at this point you can see if you need to add a bit more flour (if the dough is too watery) or a bit more water (if the dough is too dry). When the dough is done rising (takes about an hour and 1/2), shape the challah and let it rise 30 more minutes. Then bake for about 30 minutes on 350 degrees.
It is no wonder the public often thinks there is no way to enjoy a delicious slice of spelt challah or bread, as it always comes brick-heavy in stores: Mine is light and delicious, and I hope you make it before the austerity week sets in!
4 tablespoons active dry yeast
4 cups warm water
1/2 cup honey, sugar or sucanat
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon salt
12 cups spelt flour
1 egg, beaten with 1/4 cup water
Sesame or poppy seeds (optional)
Mix the yeast, water and honey or sugar in a big bowl, and let the mixture bubble for about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, oil and salt, and beat. Add the flour, and mix thoroughly. Transfer the mixture to a lightly-floured flat working surface, and knead for about 15 minutes, turning the dough a quarter of a turn every 2-3 minutes and punching it down often to eliminate any air pockets (or transfer the mixture to the bowl of a dough maker. Set for 10 minutes of kneading). Transfer the kneaded dough into a big mixing bowl (remember, it will expand). Sprinkle flour all around the dough. Let rise, covered with a cloth, in a warm draft-free area for 2 hours.
Shape the Challah: divide the dough into 4 pieces. Divide each piece into thirds and roll each third into a long thin rope. Pinch the 3 ropes together at one end to hold them in place. Braid, and place the braid on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Place the loaves well apart in the pan (you might need more than a pan: Bake one at a time). Brush each loaf with the egg-and-water mixture, and top with seeds if desired. Bake in a preheated 350*F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Raisin Challah: Served on Rosh Hashanah. Add two cups of raisins to the dough, shape it into 4 round loaves (for each loaf, make a long thin rope, and roll it into a coil)