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Gluten-free Challah

You thought you've seen the last of them, but news flash: challah days are here again and they're here to stay 😉



I'm coming through for all of my fellow foodies who are on a gluten-free diet or need to be gluten-free in their diets. This Gluten-free version of my favorite challah is good for you and tastes just as great. With a soft texture and slice-able loaf, this one is a winner! And now there’s no excuse not to join the challah club!


This gluten-free challah recipe is so easy, you'll be amazed at how good it tastes. The trick is to make sure to get your gluten-free flour from a safe source and not to over-knead the dough.


Ready to join the challah gang? Try out this Gluten-free Challah recipe and let me know what you think!



 

Gluten-free Challah

Author: Micah Siva

Makes: 1 large challah


Ingredients

  • 1 package instant yeast

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1 cup lukewarm water, divided

  • 2 large egg

  • 2 tbsp honey 

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Arrowhead)

  • ¾ cup cassava flour

  • ¼  tsp xantham gum

Egg wash

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp water

  • Sesame seeds, optional


Preparation:

  1. Combine yeast, sugar, and ½ cup water in a bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the yeast starts to foam or “bloom”. **if the yeast does not bloom, you may need to get fresher yeast**

  2. Add remaining water, egg, egg yolks, honey, oil and salt, mixing on low to combine. Replace the paddle for the dough hook.

  3. Add  flour, cassava flour, and xantham gum, mix on low using the dough hook. Knead the dough until smooth and no longer sticky, adding more flour as needed. Transfer to a clean, oiled bowl. Cover with a clean, damp towel, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  5. Punch down dough to remove any air bubbles, and transfer to a floured surface.

  6. Cut into the number of strands you’d like your braid to be, roll into ropes, and braid.

  7. Make the egg wash: whisk together egg and water. Brush with egg wash, and top with sesame seeds (optional)

  8. Bake for 40 minutes, turning the tray halfway through and brushing with additional egg wash.

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