This week was a bit more hectic than usual since, as some of you might be aware, I’ve been helping out in the relief effort for Huricane Sandy victims. This relief effort, along with the crushing devastation many of our beloved friends and Jewish communities have experienced is quite surreal, and something that needs to be shared (which I hope to do in my next blog post). For now, I wanted to share with you my Water Challah Recipe because it is so fast & fabulous to make. It needs only a total of 45 minutes rise time and another 40 minutes in the oven. Its a great recipe to have for when you’re short on time. If like me, you realize you have to run back to the store to buy flour (I’m usually well stocked!) and the clock has been turned back and you want to take Challah for the extra Bracha it can bring to k’lal Yisrael… this Water Challah Recipe is your answer. It is done all by hand and is really delicious.
Water Challah Recipe
1 bag of flour (sifted optional)
6 Tbsp dry yeast
3 Tbsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup oil (+ extra for rubbing)
6 cups warm water
In a large mixing bowl, empty 1 bag of flour. Make a small hole in the middle of the bowl and add the dry yeast. Add 2 cups of warm water to the middle and watch the yeast bubble a few seconds to make sure its alive. Add the sugar into the middle and edges. Sprinkle the salt around the outer edges of the flour. Add the oil and remaining 4 cups of water. Mix with your clean hands (yes, they will get messy) until it forms a nice soft dough. If the dough is sticky it means that your challah will be delicious, just sprinkle a dusting of flour on top and/or add some oil to your hands and keep mixing to be able to work with it after it rises. Once it is in a non-sticky dough form let it rise, covered for 15 minutes. Now you are ready to take the Challah with your Blessing and shape it. Once shaped and in baking pans or sheets, bake it in a preheated oven at 375 degrees farenheit for 40 minutes. Let it cool and enjoy!
Wishing you a warm, dry and wonderful Shabbos full of light!