Bread Machine Challah Bread

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Easy, easy Challah Bread, perfect along with soup or in this case, Turkey and Dumplings! This is wonderful straight out of the oven with butter spread on it!

3/4 cup warm water about 110 degrees F
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons yeast
Egg Wash: (you don’t have to put this on if you don’t want to)
2-3 large egg yolks (freeze the whites and use it for something else)
2 tablespoons water
Topping: sesame or poppy seeds

Lightly grease or line with parchment paper one or two baking sheets. (I am using a Silpat baking mat). Add warm water, egg, vegetable oil, salt, flour, sugar, honey and yeast to bread machine pan in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select the Dough Cycle of your machine. Start the cycle.

When the dough cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured work surface. Punch dough down and let rest for 5 minutes. Knead dough a little bit to make it easier to handle. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and roll each piece into a 20 inch long rope. Put the ropes on the prepared baking sheet. Braid the ropes. Pinch ends to seal and tuck under dough. Cover dough with a cotton cloth and let it rise for 45-50 minutes.

Brush loaf with egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until it is done. Cool on wire rack.

Bread may be frozen after it has cooled. Wrap loaf in foil then place in a ziplock freezer bag. Label and date. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw for 1 hour at room temperature before serving.

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