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Ashkenazi Parve Side Dish

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3/4 cup warm water (about 110-115 degrees (F))
1 package active dry yeast
1 tbl. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tbl. oil
1 egg
1 egg yolk
3 cups flour
2 tbl. water
poppy seeds


  1. Mix warm water, yeast, sugar, oil, salt, egg and 2 cups of flour in a large mixing bowl. and beat well with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add a little flour to your hands and a flat surface and knead for about 5 minutes, adding flour as necessary. The dough should be smooth
  3. Place the dough into a greased bowl and turn it over. Cover and place in a warm place to rise.
  4. When the dough has doubled in size, press it down and cut into 4 sections.
  5. Using your hands, roll 3 of the four sections into cylinder shapes, each about 12 inches in length
  6. Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet and pinch together at one end.
  7. Loosely braid the dough, tucking the ends under the loaf.
  8. with the remaining section of dough, divide into three smaller cylinder shapes and a braid as above.
  9. Lay it down the center of the large loaf. Lightly brush the loaf with oil, cover
  10. and let rise until doubles in size.
  11. Mix egg yolk with the 2 tablespoons water and apply a thin glaze to the loaf. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and bake for about 30 minutes at 375 degrees (F) until it is golden brown. Be careful not to bake too long.

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Shari says...
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Easy Challah recipe! Very Good
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