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I love the smell of homemade bread cooking in my oven. However, when things get busy I tend to NOT make my own bread as often as I’d like. Part of that reason is that I had migrated to making a BIG batch of dough in my Bosch. I get a lot made at once, but it takes hours for the whole process. When making my adult only dinner recently, I decided to make Easy Challah Bread Rolls from Your Bread Machine.
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Making the Challah Bread Dough
This recipe comes from one of my absolute favorite resources,The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook: A Master Baker’s 300 Favorite Recipes for Perfect-Every-Time Bread-From Every Kind of Machine. When we lived in Ohio, I had access to 3 neighboring library systems. Each had a copy of the book and I rotated from which library I had it checked out. After checking it out for the 12th time, my husband suggested I just BUY a copy. While I have not made all the recipes in the book, there are some hands down favorites and it has been WELL worth my investment. If you don’t mind Kindle format, it is really inexpensive right now. But, I highly recommend getting it in print.
The original recipe uses only regular bread flour. I have made it with 1/3 to 1/2 freshly ground whole wheat (using my L’EQUIP Nutrimill Grain Mill to grind the wheat berries) and find it makes a slightly denser loaf. My boys prefer strictly white over the blend, although I might try making it with the whole wheat flour passed through the L’equip Flour Sifter Attachment for the Bosch .
The upside for a breadmaker is that the dough rises in a contained vessel kept at the perfect temperature for the process. Unfortunately, my Alaskan kitchen can get rather chilly at times which means much longer rise times if making it in the stand mixer.
Turning the Challah Bread Dough Into Rolls
Once your dough is finished in the bread machine, put it onto a clean surface to subdivide.
If you were making a twisted Challah Bread, you would divide into 3 parts, make each piece into a long strand, and then braid onto your cookie sheet. For rolls using a
For rolls using a 2-pound recipe, I subdivide in half a few times so that I end up with 16 rolls total.
There are multiple ways to make your rolls. Some of them are rather fancy but take a little practice to perfect. When I am pinched for time, I go for quick and simple.
Ideally, you should do a simple egg wash on the dough before placing it into the oven. When I am pressed on time, I skip this step. My family doesn’t typically miss the more golden brown crust the egg wash would yield.
After they have had time to cool, be ready for them to disappear. Warm Challah bread rolls with butter is a delight for your tastebuds. If you opted to make the dough into a loaf, let it age a day and you’ll have the perfect bread for french toast.
What are some ways that you make mealtime preparation easier during the holidays?
Do you own a bread machine and USE it?
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- Christmas in a Jar by 2Boys+1Girl=OneCrazyMom
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- DIY Christmas Mouse Ornaments by Blessed Elements
- Homemade Cinnamon Snowflake Ornament by MommaDJane
- Graham Cracker Reindeer by This Mama Loves
- DIY Glittered Christmas Ornaments by How Was Your Day?
- Peppermint Lip Scrub by Style on Main
- DIY Advent Calendar by Upstate Ramblings
- Cream Cheese Biscuit Puffs by Jennifer Sikora
- Make a Snowman Cake by Kids Fun Reviewed
Proportions are for a 2 pound loaf
- 1 cup water
- 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. honey
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp gluten
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp SAF yeast or 2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
- Always follow your bread machine's instructions on loading the pan.
- I layer the wet ingredients (water, egg, honey and oil) into the pan first. Next comes the flour followed by the gluten and salt. Finally, I add the yeast.
- Place your pan into the bread machine. Select the dough cycle, press start and enjoy the time to get other things done. Do NOT let it sit too long after the beep as it could rise too much.
- After removing the dough, separate into 18 pieces and form the rolls. Put onto a lined cookie sheet and allow to rise until doubled. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees while the rolls rise.
- IF desired, beat together 1 egg white (saved from earlier) and 1 Tbsp of water to create an egg wash. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the rolls.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the 350 degree oven. You can gauge if they are done by the brown crust and a slightly hollow sound when thumped.
- Remove the rolls from the pan and place on cooling racks.