I find that people with two young children generally love surprise overnight guests. With this in mind, Mark and I invited ourselves over to my cousin Tim's house a few weeks ago while we were passing through the area. His wife, Christy made us the most delicious dinner, topped off with some amazing homemade Challah bread. Did I mention that she has two children under two? And the girl is making fresh baked bread for dinner?!?!? Wonder Woman! I think that this recipe has the best of both worlds. It uses a bread maker to make the dough and then you form the beautiful double braided load (which is actually very do-able) and bake away. The bread maker is helpful for people like me, who aren't well versed in the world of yeast-based doughs and would normally be too afraid to try this recipe. If you don't have a bread maker (or your mother isn't a hoarder and has an extra bread maker in her basement that she can give you. Fact), you can also make this by hand quite easily too. If you have child labor that you can employ for this project, it is a great one for the kids, even very little ones. They love to roll out the dough and eat the end result of their toils.
1 1/3 cups warm water (70F to 80F)
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. butter
2 Tbs. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. dried milk powder
4 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1 packet Flemishmans active dry yeast
1 egg (for egg wash at the end. Do NOT add to bread maker)
1. Put ingredients (sans the egg, remember) into your bread maker on "Dough" setting.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes.
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