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Bread Machine Challah II

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2009
After reading a story to my students with Challah in it and eating some form Noah's Bakery, I had to go and find a recipe that could match such a delicious bread. This one is awesome. I have a bread machine but have never used it. The instructions seem so complicated, so I always end up making my bread by hand. I don't mind taking the time as long as the bread tastes good. I proofed the yeast (active dry) in 1/4 cup of the warm water called in the recipe and mixed everything else together including the remaining amount of water(except for the eggs). I whisked the eggs and added it to the everything mixture. Finally I added the yeast mixture. Then I added 2 cups of flour and mixed and finally 2 more cups. It turned out to be a nice dough. Yes, it was a bit sticky, but after rinsing my hands, I was able to able to ball it up and put it in my greased bowl (I used a large pot with a lid!) I turned it over once and let in rise for 1 hour in my garage since these days are 110 out here. It's a perfect place to rise bread! Then I punched it down and let it rise for 30 more minutes. Then I punched it down, kneaded it, and braided it. Then I let the braid rise for another 45 minutes. It did not rise as much as some other bread I made, but it did rise enough for me. It turned out very good! My kids liked it better than a previous recipe I've tried. It was soft, flaky, sweet moist and even buttery in a way. Next time, I'm going to increase the rising time to see if it g
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