Whole Wheat Challah - pareve
2 T yeast
1 plus 3 T sugar
1.25 C 100 F water
2 C whole wheat flour (8 oz. by weight)
2.5 C all-purpose flour (10 oz. by weight)
1.5 tsp salt
1/16 tsp saffron
1 tsp cinnamon
2 T salad oil
1 egg yolk plus 1 T water and 1 tsp sugar
2-4 T Poppy or Sesame seed
Combine yeast, 1 T sugar and 1/4 C water, and allow to stand while
sifting dry ingredients.
Sift flours, sugar, salt, saffron, and cinnamon into large bowl.
Make a well in the center, and add lightly beaten 2 eggs, oil, yeast
mixture and rest of water. Mix until dough peels away from the side
of the bowl. Turn onto oiled and floured surface, and knead for
about 5-7 minutes with oiled hands. Cover and allow to rise until
doubled. Punch down, and allow to double again.
Divide dough into 3, 6, or 9 even parts, and braid into 1 large, 2
medium, or 3 small loaves. Can be placed in an oiled loaf pan or on
oiled or parchment covered baking pan. Cover and allow to rise until
doubled. Preheat oven to 375^F.
Mix egg yolk, sugar, and water until sugar is dissolved. Gently
brush mixture on top of loaves. Place in oven for 20 minutes.
Remove, and recoat with egg mixture, adding poppy or sesame seed at
this time. Continue baking for another 20-30 minutes, until all are
evenly browned and sound hollow when tapped.
Based on Jennie Grossinger's recipe from "The Art of Jewish Cooking"