Recipe for One Loaf of Challah
As a new challah maker, I’m afraid to use all of those ingredients and have it come out poorly. I’d like to try with a smaller batch so I can perfect my skills without so much waste. Thank you.
If you don’t feel ready to make a full batch of challah, here’s the amount for one larger challah or two smaller ones (or maybe about 4 little ones)… but there is no mitzvah of hafrashas challah and certainly no bracha on this amount.
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup hot water
1/2 tablespoon/ 1/2 ounce dry yeast
4 – 4 & 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon salt
Place the ingredients in your mixer bowl in the order listed. Using your dough hook, turn the mixer on a low setting and knead this for 10-12 minutes. You may need to add a bit more oil and water while it is kneading. If the dough is too dry, add a bit more water; if it is too sticky add a bit more oil and another 1/4 cup of flour. When the dough is done kneading it should be coming away from the sides of the bowl (if not, add a bit more oil) and it should be smooth, elastic, and just a bit sticky. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Knead again for just 3-4 more minutes. Remove the dough from the mixer. Place it in a large bag to rise, covered by the bag.
Note: You can do the same in a large bowl, if you prefer the hand method or do not own a mixer.
Have a great time with your challahs!