Challah Bread as seen on Channels 4's 'Friday Night Dinner'
600g Strong White Flour
10g Sea Salt
270ml/270g of Warm Water
30g Caster Sugar
50g Soften Butter
Optional: Handful of Oats
Optional: Water Spray
You Will Need:
Stand Mixer with a dough hook (to make it super easy) or Bowl (if doing by hand)
Large Non-Stick Baking Tray (recommend using Non-Stick Baking Paper)
Dough Scraper (or metal spoon)
Optional: Oil Spray
Add all ingredients in the same order as stated above into your mixing bowl
ie, Add the Flour, then Sea Salt, then Yeast etc
Put the mixing bowl into the stand mixer and mix on the lowest speed until combined (takes a few minutes) see below
Now the mix is combined you will need to turn the speed up to around speed 4 for so the machine kneads the dough for you. Do this for at least 10 minutes.
The gluten will develop and the dough will look soft and silky...see below
Remove dough from hook and bowl using a scraper and place onto an oiled surface (using an oil spray or dust with flour if you prefer)
Shape the dough into a ball and place back into the bowl and cover in cling film to prove until doubled in size (can take 30-60minutes)
Use a scraper to remove the dough from the bowl and place on a well oiled surface (or floured surface)
You will need to flatten the dough with your fingers to knock the air out and shape into a rectangle. Please follow video instruction for the next steps on how to plait the dough...
Put the 2 Challah plaited doughs on a lined baking tray
Leave in a warm place until doubled in size
Tip: You can leave overnight and bake in the morning
Tip: I put mine in a large lidded plastic storage container to help it prove quicker.
Pre Heat Fan Oven to 180c degrees
Once doubled in size you will need to spray with water and if you want you can sprinkle oats on the top
Place both proved doughs on a baking tray and place in the pre heated Fan oven 180c
Tip: Add a bowl/tin of cold water to the bottom of the oven at the same time as you add the dough. This will help give a nice crust to your bread
Leave for 30 minutes (or until golden brown)
You can test to see if it's cooked by carefully removing the bread and tapping the bottom to see if it sounds hollow.
You will be left with two beautiful Challah loaves of bread which are soft inside with a nice crusty outer.
Eat and Enjoy!