Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wheat Challah Bread

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Come give it a try... We are trying to change the things we eat. We have already added more water, no margarine, and increase veggies & fruit.
We no long buy bread from the stores but I make it. About four loves a week. I was making
it from all purpose white, then read an article that called the white
flour The White Killer...ooh...uhh...! My thoughts exactly!
So we are slowly changing over to whole wheat by first making
the loaves with 1/2 white 1/2 wheat flour. Once the girls are
accustom to the taste I will slowly add more wheat and less white.
Here is the recipe, it was my white flour recipe
I just altered it a bit.
mix together and allow to proof for 10 min:
  • 2 pkges of active yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 TSP of honey

mix together with mixer:

  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c of butter (soften)
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)

then add:

  • the yeast mixture
  • 3 c of whole wheat flour

mix with mixer for 3 minutes. Then mix with wooden spoon

  • 3 c white flour. Add this a little at a time, stirring and mixing. I end up using my hands the last bit of flour.

Turn out on kneading surface and kneed for 6-8 minutes till dough becomes smooth. Oil the sides and bottom of a large bowl and place the dough in side. Turn the dough once to allow oil to cover the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit for about an hour to double in size.

Once it has double in size, punch down, cut in half, braid and place each Challah loaf in a pan. Again let rise for an hour or till it doubles in size.

Take an egg and beat it adding a little water, mix well. Brush on the Challah bread just before baking. Sprinkle with your favorite topping, kosher salt, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds. It's also nice just plain.

I cook mine at 300 degrees for about 30 min. It's done when you can tap it with a knife and it sound hollow.



  1. Hi Sister Penny!
    I like your recipe. I know the transistion from white flour to 100% wheat flour is difficult, but persevere! My mom and I are doing the same thing, but some members of my family (my brother) are reluctant to give up white flour. :( In the long run I believe that we will reap the benefits of eating food in the natural and perfect way that God made them.

  2. Sister Victoria~
    Well, I'm happy to report my family LOVED the wheat bread, my dh actually requested that next week I make it 100% whole wheat
    :-D So our with that under my belt now it's on to more healthy snacks and desserts.

  3. It looks good. I'll have to try it.

  4. Wow, that looks good. But hard to make. :(
    I burn water.

  5. Great job! Is it a recipe book?

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