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Mini Challah Recipe

Mini Challah Recipe

There's nothing like the aroma of bread baking to warm heart and home. Served fresh from the oven or given as a gift, this pretty braided loaf from our Test Kitchen can bring a holiday feeling to any wintry meal!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 to 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 tablespoon beaten egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cold water
  • 3/4 teaspoon sesame or poppy seeds, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oil, sugar, salt, egg and 1 cup flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds. Shape each portion into an 8-in. rope. Place ropes on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • 4. Beat egg and water; brush over braid. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 1 loaf (8 slices).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 137 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 35 mg cholesterol, 232 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.