*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
 
                            Our special challah
 
 Recipe By     : Annice
 Serving Size  : 24   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Yeast Breads                     Jewish
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      packages      yeast -- (or 1 Israeli)
    4      cups          white bread flour -- approximately
    4      cups          whole-wheat flour
    1 1/3  tablespoons   salt
      1/2  cup           sugar
    1      stick         margarine -- melted and cooled
    5      large         eggs
    1 1/2  cups          warm water
    1                    egg -- beaten
                         sesame seeds
 
 Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Have remaining ingredients at room temperature.
 To yeast mixture, add salt, sugar, margarine and 5 eg gs.  Mix well.
 Gradually add whole wheat flour, then enough bread flour so that the dough can
 be kneaded.  Knead well, adding bread flour as needed.  Place in oiled bowl,
 turning dough to oil the top.  Cover with a damp towel, and let rise in a warm
 place till doub led. Punch down, and let rise again.  Form into braided or
 spiral loaves (2 gigantic or 4 medium or 8 small or a combination of these ).
 Place on baking sheets, which have been sprayed with vegetable oil cooking
 spray.  Let rise till almost doubled.  Brush with beat en egg, and sprinkle
 with sesame seeds.  Bake in a preheated 350 oven for about 30 minutes. or
 until loaves test done.
 
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 NOTES : Two impressive shapes:
 
 1) Divide the dough two-thirds/one-third.  Divide the larger section into
 three.  Roll each of these smaller sections into ropes, and braid together.
 Repeat the dividing and braiding with the smaller section of dough.  Brush the
 larger braid with egg, and center th e smaller braid on it, securing with
 toothpicks.  Remove the toothpicks after the rising period.
 
 2) Divide the dough into thirds.  Roll each piece into a very long, thin rope.
 Braid these together.  Form a spiral with the braid, starting at the center
 and tucking the end under when done.