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Whole Wheat Challah Bread

Pavani
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rising Time: 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course breads
Cuisine American
Servings 1 loaf

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 cups Whole wheat Pastry flour
  • ¼ cup Sugar, divided use
  • 2 teaspoons Instant Yeast
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Egg replacer, whisked in 6 tablespoons of water (or use 2 large eggs)
  • 1 cup Lukewarm Water
  • 3 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy cream, for brushing (for a nicely browned crust, use whisked egg)

Instructions
 

  • Sprinkle yeast and 2tbsp sugar in water. Whisk and set aside until the mixture gets very frothy.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, combine flours, salt and remaining 2tbsp sugar. Mix well.
  • Make a well in the center and add the egg replacer mixture, oil and yeast mixture. Mix and knead until a smooth, pliable dough forms. Add more flour if the dough looks too sticky. Knead for 6 minutes in a stand mixer or for 10 minutes with hand.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and set aside to rise for 1½ - 2hours until dough is doubled in volume.
  • Punch the dough lightly and divide into 3 equal portions. Form each portion into rough logs and set aside covered for 10 minutes.
  • Roll each log into 18" long log. Place the 3 logs next to each other. Squeeze the ends together at the top and tuck inside. Then start braiding - over 1, under 1 - just as you would with your hair. Make a fairly tight braid. Cover loosely with a greased plastic wrap and set aside to rise and get puffy, for another 1 hour.
  • By the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Bake the bread for 20 minutes. Then tent the bread with foil and bake for 8~10 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Bread should register 190°F internal temperature.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer the bread onto wire rack to cool. Slice once the bread is lukewarm and enjoy.

Notes

 
If not eating right away, wrap the bread tightly with foil or plastic wrap and put in a freezer safe bag and stash in the freezer to enjoy later. Just thaw in the fridge and toast before eating.