Mini Festive Challah Bread 哈拉麵包

The braided Challah bread is also one of the famous Jewish festive bread which is eaten during special occasions. I always thought that Challah bread is too big for the family, so I delayed the project again & again untill finally after making the miniature panettone, I think I should have done the mini challah bread too. And I did ! Somehow, I like it really sweet and festive. So, added in some raisins and vanilla for double flavouring.

And here's what I did.
Ingredients :
2-1/2 tspn  instant yeast
1/2 cup  warm milk
2 TB  sugar

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup  bread flour / high protein flour
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tspn  salt
115gm  cold butter, chopped
1 tspn  vanilla essence
1/2 cup  raisins

Method :
(1) combine ingredients (A) then set aside to rest for 10 minutes.
(2) add ingredients (B) into mixing bowl and stir in mixture (A) till a soft dough is form.
(3) leave dough to rest for an hour or till double in size.
(4) punch and knead dough till smooth to release excess air then place dough to working table.
(5) roll dough into a ball then cut into 4 portions, next, divide each portions into another 4 portions.

(6) roll them into rope shape, arrange into tic-tac-toe board shape as shown the above.

(7) next, grab a piece of dough that is under then cross it on top of the over piece.
(8) repeat the same process but in the opposite direction.

(9) now, repeat the one last time in the original direction.

(10) now, press dough to the center and sealing it then place braided dough to a greased baking tray. Let to rest for 30-45 minutes.
(11) brush with egg glazing and sprinkle the top with some sesame seeds, then bake at preheated oven 175'C for about 15-20 minutes or till golden brown.

Though I'm using 50% of high protein flour and 50% all purpose flour, yet these little ones look as gorgeous as the big mama. Love them so much ! Happy Holiday everyone.
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