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Raisin Challah    Veg   CD   CBF   Jewish   85mins plus proving


Makes 3 loaves    Cold Vegetarian Dried Fruit Bread Cakes Baked Fayre New Year


480ml/16fl.oz. Warm Water
1 tbsp Dry Yeast
2 Eggs
60ml/2fl.oz. Vegetable Oil
60ml/2fl.oz. Honey
150g/+5oz Raisins
850g/28oz Plain Flour
1 tbsp coarse kosher Salt
1 Egg, beaten
Poppy seeds




1. Pour warm water into a large mixing bowl, stir in yeast and then add eggs, oil, honey and raisins. Mix well and add about half of the flour. Stir well then set aside for 1 hour until the yeast is bubbly.


2. Add the salt and most of the remaining flour. Mix well then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is soft and elastic. Divide dough, shape into loaves and place in greased loaf tins. Set aside and leave to rise for 45 minutes.


3. Preheat the oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4.


4. Brush the tops of loaves with the beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake for 45-60 minutes. Remove from tins and cool on wire racks.


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