Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tuesdays with Dorie: Apple-Apple Bread Pudding with Homemade Challah Bread

Elizabeth of Cake or Death? picked Dorie's Apple-Apple Bread Pudding for her week. This is an apple version, with caramelized sauteed Gala apples and homemade Challah bread smeared with apple butter. Then a lovely custard is poured over all and baked away. We all enjoyed this.

Since I have a hard time finding Challah bread here without the seeds on it, I decided to make my own. I inquired my Mother in Laws bread machine after she passed away (my old machine quit heating), so this is the first time I used it to make the dough. I used a simple recipe I quickly found online, but my braiding skills were not so simple, afterwards I looked up more info and learned to braid it from the middle to the ends. It looked so silly once baked, but tasted great! I wasn't sure if all of this could fit in my bread machine, so I cut the ingredients in half and made 1 loaf at a time. In the end, I'm sure it could've all fit.

The Best Bread Machine Challah
adapted from RecipeZaar
makes 2 loafs (I used 1 loaf for the bread pudding)

1 1/2 cups water
5 large egg yolks
1 1/8 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup oil
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 large egg, lightly beaten

-Place the water, egg yolks, salt oil, flour, honey and yeast in the bread machine pan, according to the manufacturer's directions.
-Process the ingredients in the dough cycle.
-Remove immediately when the machine beeps.
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
-Divide the dough in half.
-Divide each piece into three sections.
-Roll each section into a long strand.
-Braid the three strands (starting from the middle), pinching the top and bottom ends together.
-Place on a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet.
-Repeat with the remaining dough, making the second challah.
-Let the loaf rise, covered, for 30 minutes.
-Brush the loaf with the beaten egg.
-Bake for 30 minutes.
-Cool on a wire rack.


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6 Lovely Comments:

Tia said...

wow a lot of people made their own challah this week! yours looks great!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Wow, that's alot of work for this lazy southern gal (I make bread pudding from old stale bread LOL), but it sure sounds and looks delish, as always!

Leslie said...

Just perfect (especially the challah!) I'm glad this was popular with the family.

Jacque said...

Mmmm, very nice! Yours looks just perfect. I made my own challah too and we almost enjoyed that even more.

TeaLady said...

Your challah looks beautiful. It is such a fun bread to make because of the braiding.

Great job on the bread and the pudding.

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