Savory Herb Crusted Rosemary Parmesan Challah Bread

Parmesian Herb Bread

Savory herb crusted Rosemary Parmesan on a Challah bread base.

This is my savory Challah, while the Apple Raisin version is great for breakfast or desserts, the herb crusted Parmesan Challah is more suited to being pared with your savory dinners or as a great sandwich bread. I love splitting the recipe in half and finishing half as a Savory Challah and the other half as a dessert.

Yield: Makes 2 loaves
Active time: 45 minutes
Total time: 4 hours

Ingredients
For the bread
•    2 tablespoons dry yeast
•    1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup (155 g) granulated sugar
•    5 large eggs
•    3/4 cup (180 ml) vegetable oil, such as canola or safflower
•    3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
•    6 cups (870 g) all-purpose flour
For the topping
•    2 tablespoons olive oil
•    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
•    sprinkle fresh rosemary and chives
•    1/8 cup fresh Parmesan

Directions
1. Combine 1/2 cup warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a small bowl. Stir until the yeast dissolves. Let the mixture sit for ten minutes, it should look foamy.

2. In the large bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment or with a hand-held mixer, beat the eggs at medium speed until well blended. Add the oil, salt, and remaining 3/4 cup sugar. Beat until pale in color, about 4 minutes. Beat in 2/3 cup water, then add the yeast mixture. Beat in the flour 1 cup at a time.

3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes (or use the dough hook on your mixer for 1 minute at low speed). Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn it to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and put in a warm corner of your kitchen to rise. I like to use my (unheated) oven with the lightbulb on. You want the dough to double in size, which takes just about an hour.

4. Punch down the dough, and cover with a kitchen towel, let the dough rise for 30 more minutes. It won’t quite double in this time, but it will puff up.

5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Roll each half into large balls.

6. Take each large ball of dough and roll it out to a tube that is roughly eighteen inch long with tapered ends, then twist the dough into a Spiral and tuck the ends under, set on baking sheet.

An unbakes round bread.

A round spiral shaped Challah represents the New Year.

7.Cover the loaves with kitchen towels, and let them rise for 45 minutes.

Italian herbs and cheese top the bread.

Rosemary, Chives, and Parmesan will create a wonderful crust.

8. Uncover the round Spiral Challah and coat it with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder, rosemary, and chives, then dust it with a heavy layer of Parmesan cheese.

Unbakes round bread covered in savory herbs.

Unbaked savory egg bread coated in Rosemary, Chives, and Parmesan cheese.

9. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack to the middle position. Bake for 30 minutes or until the Challah is browned and sounds hollow when thumped on the bottom. Put on a wire rack to cool.

Round Savor Challah

Savory herb crusted Rosemary Parmesan Challah bread.

Recipe based on The Holiday Apple Raisin Challah from Epicurious
by Amy Traverso
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Holiday-Apple-Raisin-Challah-368069

Celebrate Rosh Hashana with a Sweet Apple and Golden Raisin Challah

Bread and Honey for Rosh Hashanah

Bread and Honey for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashana is the holiday where you see time passing, it’s the moment of

Round apple raisin Challah

Round apple and raisin Challah with vanilla sugar crust.

change, The New Year, but it always comes as the season is in full turn, where you can’t deny time, where you can’t deny its endless pull. This year will never come again, and hopefully next year will be sweet. I used to spin under the street light in my Grandparents yard, where the leaves lasted the longest because of the lights heat, spin and spin in the dark staring up at the leaves, in those fall nights when I was a child, when everyone was busy inside, the way those leaves looked was like time passing, and I never realized how quickly it would pass.

We make our Challah’s for this holiday to reflect that pull of time, in round braids and spirals, for good luck and prosperity we add honey, sugar, and fruit, it all captures that endless fleeting moment of time spinning away.

This recipe is for a delicious 4 strand braided Challah that is lightly filled with a mix of apples, raisins, and honey then coated with vanilla sugar. The flavor is perfectly sweet, and would make for some amazing french toast!

Yield: Makes 2 loaves
Active time: 45 minutes
Total time: 4 hours

Challah fillings.

Challah fillings apple’s, raisin’s and honey.

Ingredients
For the bread
•    2 tablespoons dry yeast
•    1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup (155 g) granulated sugar
•    5 large eggs
•    3/4 cup (180 ml) vegetable oil, such as canola or safflower
•    3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
•    6 cups (870 g) all-purpose flour

For the filling
•    1/2 large firm-tart apple (about 8 ounces), peeled, cored, and cut into small cubes
•    1/4 cup (65 g) raisins
•    1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
•    1 tablespoons honey
•    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the topping
•    1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
•    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
•    1 egg yolk

Challah bread dough rising.

Bread dough ingredients.

Directions

1. Combine 1/2 cup warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in a small bowl. Stir until the yeast dissolves. Let the mixture sit for ten minutes, it should look foamy, that’s hot you know it’s alive.

2. In the large bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment or with a hand-held mixer, beat the eggs at medium speed until well blended. Add the oil, salt, and remaining 3/4 cup sugar. Beat until pale in color, about 4 minutes. Beat in 2/3 cup water, then add the yeast mixture. Beat in the flour slowly, 1 cup at a time.

3. Now turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes (or use the dough hook on your mixer for 1 minute at low speed). Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn it to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and put in a warm corner of your kitchen to rise. I like to use my (unheated) oven with the lightbulb on. You want the dough to double in size, which takes just about an hour.

Dough rising.

First bread dough rising.

4. Punch down the dough, and cover with a kitchen towel, let the dough rise for 30 more minutes. It won’t quite double in this time, but it will puff up.

5. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a small bowl, toss the apples with the raisins, lemon juice, honey, and cinnamon. Let sit for 20 minutes, then drain any liquid.

6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Separate each half into balls of equal size.

Roll out the dough into wide strips

Roll out dough into wide strips so that you can twist in the filling.

7. To start braiding the Challah take the four balls of dough and roll them into four equally sized long dough logs, then flatten them with your rolling pin. You need them to be wide and long, with a thin flexible texture so you can easily roll them into a spiral to hold in the filling.

Strand of bread dough.

After rolling in the filling and pinching the dough closed this is what the strands should look like.

8.Once you have four wide, long, oval shaped, pieces of dough, spread your apple and raisin mixture out onto them, and carefully roll the dough back up and into a log shape, pinch the dough together to seal it. If it won’t pinch together a little water will seal the two edges.

Four Strand Round Challah How To

How to braid a four strand round Challah.

9. Lay out your four dough logs Tic-Tac-Toe style with one piece over the next, make sure the pieces are all the same sized and centered.

Step 2 Round Challah how 2

Round Challah how to: Take each right branch and move it clockwise over the left.

10. Going in a clockwise rotation, take the piece that was under, this will be the piece on the right, and place it over it’s partner.  For the next rotation you are going to go in a counter clockwise direction, the left piece is now going over the right.

Round braided challah bread unbaked

Round braided challah bread unbaked.

11. Then go back to going clockwise with the right piece going over the left, and tuck the ends under the Challah finishing the look off cleanly.

12.Cover the loaves with kitchen towels, and let them rise for 45 minutes.

Round challah bread.

Round challah covered in cinnamon and sugar.

13. Coat the Round Braided Challah with the beaten egg wash, sprinkle with vanilla sugar ( a mixture of sugar, vanilla extract, and crushed Madagascar Vanilla pods), and cinnamon, place it into the preheated oven.

14. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack to the middle position. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown and sounds hollow when thumped on the bottom. Put on a wire rack to cool.

Golden Brown Challah

Take the Challah out of the oven when golden brown and makes hollow noise when thumped on bottom.

This recipe was  based on The Holiday Apple Raisin Challah from Epicurious
by Amy Traverso

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