Gift Purim Challahs or, Purim Carnival Twist
This makes three, very different, pretty, and unique luscious “little” breakfast or tea time sweet challah-cum-coffeecakes. Just the right size for one meal with family or more appropriately, this is just the perfect challah to insert in a Purim gift basket. A citrus glaze makes it unique and the sprinkling of multi-colored sprinkles (available in the supermarket or cake decorating store) redefines challah, giving it a Mardi Gras or carnival tone, just right for this fun filled holiday.
3/4 cup warm water
1 tablespoon dry yeast
pinch of sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup oil
1 egg yolk
1 egg yolk (reserve white)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups approximately, bread flour
1 beaten egg white
1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2-4 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon orange extract, optional
In a mixing bowl, briskly stir together water, yeast and a pinch of sugar together. Let stand five minutes to dissolve yeast. Stir in remaining sugar, salt, oil, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir in most of flour and mix until you have a kneadable dough. Knead 5-8 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a lightly greased bowl and place this in a large plastic bag. Let rise until puffy, about 30-45 minutes. Gently deflate and divide dough in three. Make each portion into either a small braided, three-strand challah or roll each portion of dough into a ten inch strip. Coil into a turban shape.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place breads on baking sheet and brush each with beaten egg white glaze. Cover lightly with greased plastic wrap or a large plastic bag. Let rise until puffy, about 30-45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake challahs until golden all over, about 25-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir glaze ingredients together to make a pourable glaze, adding more confectioners’ sugar or orange juice as required to achieve right consistency.
While breads are cooling, drizzle or smear on glaze. Before glaze sets, sprinkle each bread with colored sprinkles. Allow to set. For gift giving, wrap in a sheet of colored cellophane paper. Twist ends and/or tie with ribbon. Place in a gift basket, along with two other treats.
Makes 3 three small breads