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