Challah, or traditional egg bread, can be made gluten free and with less sugar.
Flour alternative- 4 cups equivalent to flour. Using a combination seems to work well for this recipe.For exampleI use 2 cups of almond flour plus 2 cups of a rice flour or tapioca flour.
Xanthan Gum -1 teaspoon.
Salt- 1 teaspoon
Sugar Alternative- 1/2 cup equivalent to sugar.
Active Dry Yeast- 1 package /or 1 tablespoon.
Warm tap water- 1 cup
Sugar- 1 tablespoon- no subbing!see article above
Oilvegetable is usually used here- 1/4 cup.
Eggs- 4save one for later step.
Egg- an additional egg for the egg wash when we are ready to bake.
Topping- as desired
Sift together your flour alternative, Xanthan Gum, and salt in a medium bowl. Gently mix in the sugar alternative using a fork or whisk. Set this aside. Meanwhile, in another bowl, coat the inside of this bowl with oil or cooking spray and set this aside as well.
In a mixing bowl, dissolve your yeast, tap water and sugar together by combining and mixing with a fork or whisk.The yeast will be active when you see a 'froth' develop which should take about 8-10 minutes.
In a larger mixing bowl, combine together
Now, in a mixing bowl, mix together the oil and eggs. Add the yeast mixture to this bowl and stir.
Slowly add the 'flour'/dry mixture to the mixing bowl, about a cup at a time, mixing between additions. Do not mover mix this. Kneading is not a necessity in this recipe.
Place the dough into the coated bowl from the first step. Cover this with plastic wrap or a clean cotton dish towel and allow to rise for about an hour. This bread will not rise as much as a regular wheat flour bread. However, you will get a rise out of it. Also, your dough may be a bit sticky as well.
When ready to braid, set out a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface. The parchment paper should be slightly larger than your pan as we will transfer to your pan for baking with the bread on the parchment paper. Divide the dough in half. Working with the first half of the dough, divide this into three parts for braiding. You could use as many as six strands however, three are so much easier to braid especially with this recipe. If your dough is too sticky to work with, try dusting it with a bit of your flour first.
When the braid is finished, transfer the parchment paper to the baking pan and repeat the last step for the other half of the dough.
Beat your remaining egg in a small bowl and then use a pastry brush to 'paint' the egg on the braids. You will most likely not use the entire egg to do this. Sprinkle your desired topping on top. Allow the bread to sit for at least 20-30 minutes.
When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350. Place the loaves in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until they start to brown. It is a good idea to rotate the bread halfway through to assure that it bakes evenly.
Allow the bread to cool before slicing. Or, if you are like me and cannot take the temptation any longer, make sure it is cool enough to not burn your mouth.
See article for alternatives.
Please note: Nutritional data has been calculated using a tool that comes with this recipe card and not by me. This means that Nutritional Information is only an estimate and can vary especially with ingredients that you use. The accuracy of this tool may differ from other tools as expected. Also note that there is no instructional value to the video that may be attached to this recipe. It is only there for visual pleasure. For more information about the images in this recipe, please refer the the recipe instructions. Thank you!