Monday, September 12, 2011
Apples & Honey Whole Grain Challah
Carefully, I wrote out the ounces of a full batch everything on one side of the ingredients in the recipe, and ounces for half batch on the other side.
I began making the dough, using white whole wheat flour instead of regular whole wheat. I even made sure to use 1 1/2 eggs (an egg and a white)! All was going well until I added the water. After I added 3 cups of water, I realized my goof--enough water for a full batch was used. Not the first time this has happened, so I started adding enough of everything else to make a full batch.
I'm glad I had enough apples in the house. You can see the chunks of apple in the dough.
Still, it was kind of hard to mix by hand, so I put it all into my mixer. It looked kinda thin in the mixer, and I kept adding flour... I don't know if the dough is any different when making the dough properly, but there's no way this dough could be braided. It's not quite a dough, thicker than a batter.
I put it all in my square dough bucket (that's the one I use for assignments and experimenting) and went out for about 1 1/2 hours. When I got back, this is what I saw:
Quickly, I cleaned up it; part went into another dough bucket. Both buckets went into the refrigerator.
It was comical--the dough still kept growing over the square dough bucket. More dough was transferred:
Even after tossing the dough that got onto the counter, there was still a lot of dough left.
I used 1 1/2 pounds of dough in my 8 1/2" loaf pan, letting it rise 1 1/2 hours. Then an egg wash was applied. I used raw sugar on top instead of sesame seeds. The loaf seemed to need more sugar.
I ended up having enough dough to make four 1 1/2 pound loaves. I was supposed to make only 2 pounds of dough, if I hadn't made the water mistake. It's ok. This was like a good, soft sandwich loaf with apple chunks. We only had a small piece after a few days.
I baked one loaf at a friend's house yesterday. This morning, she called and said it was really good. She said it's a nice sandwich bread, but you get a surprise of apples when you bite into it.
Would be great with peanut butter, I bet. Oh, that sounds like a good idea!
I hope your loaves came out nice. Even though this one wasn't braided, it came out tasty. Plus, I have 2 loaves in the freezer for gifts.