Sweet Challah Recipe

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  1. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water in a large bowl; stir in honey and saffron threads. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add melted butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and egg; stir well with a whisk.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 3/4 cups flour to yeast mixture, and stir until a soft dough forms. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will be very soft).
  4. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.)
  5. Punch dough down. Shape dough into a ball; return to bowl. Cover and let rise an additional 40 minutes or until doubled in size. Punch dough down; cover and let rest 15 minutes.
  6. Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), on a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 25-inch rope with slightly tapered ends. Place ropes lengthwise on a large baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal; pinch ends together at untapered ends to seal. Braid ropes; pinch loose ends to seal. Cover and let rise 20 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°.
  8. Combine 1 teaspoon water and large egg yolk, stirring with a fork until blended. Uncover loaf, and gently brush with egg yolk mixture. Sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2166.57 Kcal (9071 kJ)
Calories from fat 484.71 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 53.86g 83%
Cholesterol 463.59mg 155%
Sodium 2493.78mg 104%
Potassium 695.05mg 15%
Total Carbs 358.7g 120%
Sugars 51.71g 207%
Dietary Fiber 10.98g 44%
Protein 66.7g 133%
Vitamin C 0.8mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 14%
Iron 18.8mg 104%
Calcium 170.5mg 17%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 247.04 Kcal (1034 kJ)
Calories from fat 55.27 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.14g 83%
Cholesterol 52.86mg 155%
Sodium 284.35mg 104%
Potassium 79.25mg 15%
Total Carbs 40.9g 120%
Sugars 5.9g 207%
Dietary Fiber 1.25g 44%
Protein 7.61g 133%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Iron 2.1mg 104%
Calcium 19.4mg 17%

* 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

  • 47
  • 58

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar

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