Challah

I have been making challah for years in my stand up large mixer. I went to a challah bake and we all made challah by hand and there is no comparison. A much lighter delicious challah. Try it, you will not be sorry.

INGREDIENTS
2 Sachets Instant Yeast
1 Cup Oil
1 Cup Sugar
4 Eggs
4 ½ Cups Water – Have made with both cold and luke warm water.
2 kg All Purpose (Cake) Flour
2 Tbls Salt

METHOD
Oven 190ºC (375 ºF)
1 Using a large plastic bowl add the water and the yeast and using a wire whisk, whisk for 5 minutes.
2 Add the sugar and continue to whisk for 2 minutes
3 Add the oil and continue to whisk for 3 minutes
4 Add the eggs and continue to whisk for 3 minutes
5 Start adding the flour cup by cup whisking each cup in. Add the salt with the 2nd cup.
6 When you feel you cannot whisk anymore because the mixture is too stiff, remove the whisk and mix in the rest of the flour by hand.
7 Once all the flour is incorporated and you have a soft but not sticky dough, coat with a little oil.
8 Cover with plastic wrap and a blanket and allow to rise till doubled in size.
9 I often make the dough late at night and let it rise till morning out of the fridge.
10 Punch down the dough, separate a small piece of dough the size of a golf ball and say the blessing. Wrap the piece of dough in foil and burn it in the oven
11 Divide the dough into 4 or 5 pieces and plait.
12 Place on a baking tray and cover with plastic and a blanket and allow to rise until double in size.
13 Beat an egg and paint over challah and sprinkle with seeds.
14 Bake for 25 minutes until golden.
15 I often halve the recipe and make 2 large or 3 medium challah but then I do not say the blessing.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Soft Pretzels

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Makes 12 Pretzels

3 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour
2 Tsp Instant Yeast
1 1/4 Tsp Salt
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Xanthan Gum
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 1/4 cups Warm Water (plus extra if needed)
1 Large Egg (room temp)
2 Tbsp Butter or Vegan Butter (I prefer Fleischmanns)

BAKING SODA DIP
3 quarts (3 liters) water
1/4 cup Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

EGG WASH
1 Egg Yolk
1 Tbsp Water

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
Pretzel Salt
Butter/Vegan Butter
Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions

Dough
1. Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, salt, xanthin gum, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.
2. Add the water, egg and butter. Mix until a firm dough forms, about 4 minutes in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. If the dough appears to be dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water or enough for it to form a soft pliable dough.
3. Knead the dough until smooth, then transfer to a lightly greased bowl. Cover will cling wrap and a kitchen towel and let rise until almost doubled, 1 hour – 1.5 hours.

Shaping and Baking
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F/ 280°C.
2.Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.
3. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot.
4. Remove dough from bowl and divide into 12 pieces. If dough is sticky, lightly flour kitchen surface.
5. Work with one pice at a time, keeping the other pieces covered. Roll the piece out and shape into a pretzel. Watch this video on how to shape pretzels.
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4. Add the baking soda and sugar to the boiling water and wait for the foam to subside.
7.Gently place the pretzels one at a time into the water, they will initially drop to the bottom and then they will rise. If they don’t rise within 5-10 seconds, use a slotted spoon to nudge them from sticking on the bottom. They can removed when as soon as they float to the top.img_8462
8. Remove the pretzels form the water and place on baking sheet. Brush with egg yolk wash and sprinkle with salt (or leave plain if you’re making them sweet).img_8460
9. Bake the pretzels until golden brown about 10-15 mins.
10. If you choose to make cinnamon sugar pretzels, brush with melted butter as soon as you remove from the oven and dip into cinnamon sugar mix.img_8450

Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Bread Mini Loaves

Pumpkin Chocolate Bread

This is a very moist dense pumpkin bread due to the high fruit content and low fat content. The recipe can also be made into muffins – adjust baking time to 20-30 minutes.

INGREDIENTS

1 ¾ Cups Gluten Free Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
1½ Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
¾ Cup Puree Pumpkin
2 Ripe Bananas
¼ Cup Applesauce
⅓ Cup Sugar
½ Cup Non-Dairy Milk
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
¾ Dairy Free Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Spray 3 mini loaf pans with non stick spray.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt into a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas and add the pumpkin, applesauce, sugar, non-dairy milk and vanilla. Mix everything together until well combined
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and combine.
  6. Spoon evenly into loaf pans.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the loaf and if it comes out clean the bread is done.

Muesli Health Rusks

INGREDIENTS
350g Muesli
300g All bran flakes
1.5kg self raising flour
50g baking powder
10g salt
825ml buttermilk
4 eggs, beaten
500g brown sugar
700g margarine or butter

METHOD
Oven 160
1. Grease 4-5 loaf pans.
2. Sift flour, baking powder & salt together in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add muesli and all bran and mix well.
4. Dissolve sugar and marg/butter over low heat.
5. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
6. Beat eggs and buttermilk together and add to melted merge mixture and beat in.
7. Add to dry ingredients and mix very well with a large spoon.
8. Divide amongst the greased pans and bake for one hour.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
10. Cut into large slices and place on baking trays.
11. Place into a 100C oven overnight or until dry.
12. Store in an airtight container.