Updated: Apr 24
This is the best bread I've made to date. Of course, I've been making bread for years, but lately, I've been experimenting more. This is my version of "Challah/Brioche Bread," and it's so soft and delicious!
Read the instructions thoroughly before you begin. If you have any questions, I'm here.
409 grams of warm oat milk
10 grams of active dry yeast
15 grams sugar
100 grams honey
120 grams of Avocado Oil
1 tbsp. salt
5 eggs(one to the side)
1020 grams flour
Let's get started by gathering and measuring all of the ingredients. I find measuring ingredients by weight yields more accurate and reliable results.
You can substitute the oat milk for water or whole milk.
Preheat the oven to 375
Pour the active dry yeast into the warm milk along with the sugar. Make sure the milk isn't hot at all, or it will kill the yeast. Let the yeast bloom for about 10 minutes.
Add the four eggs one at a time, ensuring each egg is incorporated.
Now, add the oil and honey and mix well.
Mix in your flour a cup at a time until it forms.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth
form dough into a ball and grease a large bowl. Put the dough into the bowl and cover it with a dish towel or plastic wrap; place it in a warm spot to rise for an hour.
Once the dough has doubled, punch it down, cover it, and let it rise for another hour.
Grab your baking pan or rolling pin if you plan to attempt the three-strand braid. I did both, and I don't think I did too badly for my 1st time trying a braid.
Grease your pan and add 1/2 of your dough and cover it and let it rise for 20-30mins
Now divide the other 1/2 into three equal pieces and roll them out. Next, create three strands and stick one end together and start braiding. (see video for alternative method)
Allow it to rise for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Finally, that fifth egg is the star and the secret to that beautiful color and shine. Create your egg wash and spread it onto your bread.
Bake for 40 mins. Halfway through, bast it with more egg wash and continue baking
Once done, place it on a cooling rack. Then enjoy!
Braiding and Ball Methods
Unfortunately, I forgot to capture the methods because I was too busy trying to figure it out myself. Lol, so here are my best illustrations of the process. You can split your dough evenly for the loaf bread and the braided loaf, or as I suggested above, for a large loaf.
To achieve this beautiful loaf, use the ball method. Let it rise for 40 mins and bake it after basting it with egg wash.