Hanukkah Star Challah

Hanukkah Star Challah

Hanukkah Star Challah

  • Prep

    1 h

  • Cook

    35 m

  • Ready In

    2 h 5 m

Recipe By:AMG
“When invited to a Hanukkah dinner, I thought of making something appropriate. Finally we decided on a Challah bread shaped as a 6-pointed Star of David.”

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 2/3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, or more if desired

Directions

  1. Place 1 cup of water, eggs, salt, sugar, bread flour, and yeast into the pan of a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the Dough setting, and start the machine.
  2. When cycle is completed, remove dough from the machine, and set onto a floured work surface for 15 minutes to rest. Cover dough with a towel or large bowl to prevent drying out.
  3. Knead the dough several times, and cut into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece out into a rope about 10 inches long and 1 inch in diameter.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay 3 ropes of bread onto the prepared baking sheet, and pinch ropes together firmly at the ends to form a pointed triangle. Weave 3 more ropes over and underneath each point of the first triangle to make a second, interwoven triangle. Pinch it closed tightly at the edges to make a 6-pointed star. Set the baking sheet in a warm place, and allow to rise until doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Whisk egg yolk with 1 tablespoon of water, and brush the mixture over the loaf; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the challah is shiny, golden brown, and sounds hollow when tapped, about 35 minutes.
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