Matcha challah is “matcha” average challah! Get it? Topped with rainbow sprinkles, of course.
I’m back with another recipe and preview of Jewchella! You may have seen a sneak peek of our Jewchella Shabbat, put on with the Shabbat Project on the Interwebs, and I’ll be sharing a recap and all the recipes soon! Last week was Sweet and Spicy Bamba Brussels Sprouts, which I was surprised was a little controversial. It’s basically peanuts on Asian-style Brussels. See, delicious!
P.S. Aren’t you obsessed with this Neon Acrylic Challah Board?
Shabbat = challah. A must. I had a few Coachella-inspired challah ideas, and knew rainbow sprinkles would be involved. (Duh.) Acai bowl challah seemed complicated, PSL a little out of season and maybe even too cliche, if there is such a thing. A few others I may still try, so won’t let the secret out yet. But as I sipped a $6 matcha lavender almond milk latte it came to me. Matcha challah!
You can see the challah is just slightly green, and you can definitely taste the earthy green tea.
Unlike me, this challah just dosen’t have a bad side (mine is my right).
Almost too pretty to cut into!
Find someone who looks at you like I look at matcha challah.All hands on deck. And by deck, I mean challah.
- For challah:
- 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast (1 packet)
- ¾ cup warm water (about 100 degrees)
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg and 3 egg yolks, plus one for glazing
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup honey (trick, measure the honey after the oil and it will slide right out!)
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 3¾ cups bread flour + more for kneading
- 7.5 grams matcha green tea powder = about 1 tablespoon. (I used 5 matcha packets from Trader Joe's.)
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Prepare the yeast in a large mixing bowl for a stand mixer by whisking it with warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar (that helps activate the yeast). Let stand until it foams and puffs up, about 10 minutes. If it doesn’t get foamy, your yeast is either bad or the water was too warm or cool. Try again!
- Using the whisk attachment for the stand mixer, or you can totally do this by hand, mix the remaining sugar, eggs, oil, and honey. (You can use a whisk if you’re doing this by hand.) Gradually add 3 cups flour and matcha green tea powder and then salt, either using a hook attachment with the stand mixer on medium speed or a spoon and your hands until the dough begins to pull away from the sides. Dough should still be slightly sticky and soft. Add more flour if the dough is very sticky and knead for 10 minutes.
- Place the dough in a bowl greased with oil and cover. Let dough rise in a warm place until it has at least doubled in size, about 2–3 hours. I put mine on top of an oven heated to the lowest temperature.
- Now time to braid! You can make two smaller challot or one large challah. I made one large one. Divide the dough into 6 equal size pieces. I used a food scale to be precise.
- Take each piece and make six even strands. If you are having trouble getting them to roll out, let the gluten relax and try again. Line them up and pinch at the top to secure the end. Then take the strand on the right and move to all the way to the left. And the strand to the left and move it all the way to the right. Take the left strand, and place it in the middle between the strands, and replace it on the left with the second strand from the right. Then place the right strand in the middle and replace with the second strand from the left. Keep repeating until you reach the end. Secure the other ends together and tuck them under the challah.
- Then let your challah proof again on a parchment lined baking sheet, lightly covered, until doubled in size and appears light and fluffy, about 45 minutes or so (exact proofing timing for challah will depend on environmental conditions.) Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Glaze the bread with the last egg, sprinkle with sprinkles, and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees, rotating pans halfway through. If the challah start to brown too fast, cover with foil until done.
- Cool slightly and eat! Best fresh or freezes well.