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Daily Vegan Recipe -Round Challah

Daily Vegan Recipe -Round Challah

INGREDIENTS
4 c. all purpose flour, plus more for work surface
2 tsp. kosher salt
large eggs, separated
large egg yolks
1/3 c. vegetable oil
6 tbsp. honey
(¼ ounce) packages instant yeast (4 ½ teaspoons)

Nonstick Spray

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook combine flour, salt, 2 eggs, egg yolks and vegetable oil. In a medium bowl combine ¾ cup warm water, honey and yeast. Pour yeast mixture into the stand mixer and begin to mix on low.
  2. Knead dough on low until it pulls away from the bowl and is only slightly sticky, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands until smooth on the outside and springs back when pressed with your fingers.
  3. Spray the inside of a large bowl with cooking spray, place the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough proof until nearly doubled in size, about 90 minutes. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch the dough down once then turn it out onto a work surface.
  4. Instructions for swirl challah: Roll dough out into a rope, about 20 - 22 inches in length, then spiral the rope in on itself to create a round loaf. Tuck the remaining end under the challah to make sure the spiral doesn't come loose.
  5. Instructions for 6 strand braid: Portion the dough out into 6 equal pieces and roll them into 6 ropes of equal length, about 15 inches long. Begin to create a basic lattice by laying 3 of the ropes horizontally, ½” inch apart in the center of your workspace.
  6. Fold the top and bottom ropes back and place one rope, vertically in the center of the work space, then fold the ropes back over. Then, lift the two sides of the center horizontal rope and place the two other ropes a ½” to the right and left of the center vertical rope, then place two ends of the center horizontal rope back down over the vertical ones. You should have a small lattice where the ropes are almost touching and there are 4 groups of three rope ends on the top, left, right and bottom.
  7. Take the bottom centermost rope, and pass it over the strand to the right. Work counter clockwise passing the next rope over its neighbor. When done, there should be 6 pairs of ropes where one rope is crossed over the other. Now beginning with the pairing in the bottom right, take the strand that is under its partner and pass it over the rope to the left. Continue moving clockwise until you are back to having 6 pairs of strands. Repeat the prior step in the clockwise direction, pulling tightly to ensure no gaps remain, and tuck any remaining dough tightly underneath the challah.
  8. Transfer the prepared loaf to the baking sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rest until almost doubled in size for an additional 60 minutes.
  9. Toward the end of this final proof, preheat the oven to 375º F and beat the remaining egg with a fork.
  10. Remove the plastic wrap from the loaf and brush thoroughly with egg wash, making sure to coat all the braided nooks and crannies. Transfer baking sheet to the oven and bake until the exterior of the bread reaches a deep caramel color and a thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf reaches 190ºF, 35 to 40 minutes.
  11. Remove loaf from the oven and let cool completely.

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