Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy 5771!

Whether you celebrate Rosh Hashanah or not, it's a nice opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  Why should new beginnings be limited to once per year, anyway?

My dad likes to host a big family dinner for Rosh Hashanah.  He's providing the main part of the meal.  I'm bringing the challah, which I made this morning.   The recipe is from King Arthur Flour, it's called "No-Knead Challah".

I made the dough last night.  No kneading required, just a quick spin in the Kitchen-Aid, then an overnight rest in the refrigerator.
The dough has an unusual texture coming out of the fridge, kind of stiff and lumpy.  No worries though; it's supposed to be that way.
Divide into 3 strands and roll them out.
Then braid the strands, just like hair.
Coil into a greased 9" cake pan; let rise for about 1 1/2 hours, brush with egg wash and sesame seeds, and bake 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.
Yum!  Now that's what I consider a good start to the New Year!

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