Laura Frankel's Whole Wheat Challah Recipe

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Laura Frankel's Whole Wheat Challah
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  1. Make a sponge: Place the tepid water, whole-wheat flour and yeast in a large mixing bowl or in a bowl that attaches to a mixer. Stir this mixture together or do like we do and use your hands and really get in there and mush it together. Cover the mixture and allow it sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients adding only enough flour until the mixture is not wet and sticky. You many not need the entire 4 cups of flour. Knead the dough for 5 minutes until the dough is supple and smooth. Cover and let it rest for at least one hour or store the dough wrapped tightly over night in the refrigerator.
  3. Shape the dough into your favorite loaf. Place the loaves on a lightly greases sheet pan. Cover with a clean towel and let rise for two hours.
  4. Whisk together yolks and water, brush the loaves with the egg wash, sprinkle with seeds if using, and bake in a preheated 350°F oven until the challot are browned and make a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom (about 30-45 minutes).
  5. Let the challot sit for at least one hour before cutting it. The baking process continues for 20 minutes after the bread is removed from the oven. Steam continues cooking the bread and making it dense and moist. Cutting the crust would allow the steam to escape.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1315.43 Kcal (5507 kJ)
Calories from fat 311.03 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34.56g 53%
Cholesterol 204.6mg 68%
Sodium 1863.88mg 78%
Potassium 970.44mg 21%
Total Carbs 263.84g 88%
Sugars 23.02g 92%
Dietary Fiber 5.09g 20%
Protein 24.84g 50%
Vitamin C 672.2mg 1120%
Iron 6.1mg 34%
Calcium 1319.8mg 132%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 306.71 Kcal (1284 kJ)
Calories from fat 72.52 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.06g 53%
Cholesterol 47.7mg 68%
Sodium 434.58mg 78%
Potassium 226.27mg 21%
Total Carbs 61.52g 88%
Sugars 5.37g 92%
Dietary Fiber 1.19g 20%
Protein 5.79g 50%
Vitamin C 156.7mg 1120%
Iron 1.4mg 34%
Calcium 307.7mg 132%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 28.4
  • 39

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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