Apple-honey challah

Try this sweet challah for Rosh Hashanah.

By GOURMETKOSHERCOOKING.COM
July 13, 2011 15:13
1 minute read.
Stuffed Challah bread

Challah, Hallah, bread 311. (photo credit: Ilan Nachum / Al Hashulchan Magazine)

 
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APPLE-HONEY CHALLAH

4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted margarine
3 ½ cups unbleached bread flour, plus more for surface
¾ cup warm water (100°)
2/3 cup honey
2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons active dry yeast (from one ¼-ounce envelope)
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 ½ tart green apples, preferably Granny Smith, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices (about 1 ¾ cups)
More margarine for pan and bowl


1. Spray a large bowl with non stick spray, melt 4 tablespoons margarine in a saucepan over medium-low heat; let cool. Combine 2 tablespoons melted margarine, the flour, water, 1/3 cup honey, the eggs and yolks, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Mix until dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes.

2. Transfer dough to buttered bowl, and brush with 1 tablespoon melted margarine. Cover with plastic. Let rise in a warm place until dough almost doubles in volume, about 1 ½ hours.

3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Pat into a 8 ½-by-14-inch rectangle. Top with apples; knead to incorporate. Return to bowl. Brush with remaining tablespoon melted margarine; cover. Let rise again in a warm place until dough almost doubles in volume, about 1 hour more.


4. Preheat oven to 375°, with rack in lowest position. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan. Roll dough into a rope (about 24 inches) on a floured surface. Coil into a circle, and transfer to pan. Let rise again until dough almost doubles in volume, about 45 minutes more.

5. Heat remaining 4 tablespoons margarine and 1/3 cup honey in a saucepan over medium-low heat until melted. Brush dough with half the honey-butter. Bake until golden brown and firm, about 35 minutes.

6. Brush challah with the remaining honey-butter. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Turn out loaf from pan, and let cool.

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