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Marzipan Challah

The recipe is based on a recipe from Breaking Breads with my changes and adjustments.

Servings 3 challahs
Author נטלי

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 800 grams (5 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 10 grams (1 tbsp.) active dry yeast
  • 50 grams (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 50 grams (4 tbsp.) soft butter
  • 240 ml. (1 cup) milk
  • 45 ml. (3 tbsp.) water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 15 grams (1 tbsp.) salt

For marzipan filling:

  • 300 grams raw marzipan
  • 200 grams (1 cup) sugar
  • 200 grams (1 3/4 stick) soft butter
  • 40 grams (4 tbsp.) all-purpose flour

For coating and decoration:

  • 1 beaten egg
  • Coarsely chopped almonds

Instructions

  1. Dough: in a large mixer bowl with a kneading attachment place flour, yeast, sugar, butter, milk, water, eggs and salt, and knead for about 10 minutes at a medium-low speed until uniform, flexible and smooth dough is obtained.
  2. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover and allow rising for 1-2 hours or until it nearly doubles its volume.
  3. Marzipan filling: in a mixer bowl with paddle attachment place marzipan, sugar and butter and blend at medium-high speed until you get a uniform creamy mixture.
  4. Add flour and continue to mix until soft dough is formed.
  5. Cover the marzipan dough and cool in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours until it stabilizes.
  6. Divide the marzipan dough into 9 equal parts and roll each part into a thin strip about 20 cm long. Keep refrigerated until use.
  7. Prepare the challahs: divide the dough into 3 equal pieces, and divide each piece of dough into 3 equal strips.
  8. Shape each strip on a lightly floured work surface into a rectangle of 5 cm wide and 25 cm long and place a marzipan strip in the middle. Close the edges of the dough on the marzipan so that a strip of dough is filled with marzipan.
  9. Lightly roll the stuffed strip and repeat with the rest of the straps of dough and marzipan.
  10. Braid each of 3 strips into a challah.
  11. Place the braided challahs on baking pans lined with baking papers.
  12. Cover and allow rising for 40-60 minutes or until the challahs almost double their volume.
  13. Brush the challahs with beaten egg and sprinkle generously with almonds.
  14. Heat the oven to 200c degrees.
  15. Bake the challahs for 25-30 minutes or until they get a deep golden color and are stable to the touch.
  16. Cool on a rack and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • The challahs are at their best on the day of baking, but can be frozen for up to a month, well wrapped. It is recommended to serve it warm.
  • It is important to use high-quality marzipan (with a high percentage of almonds) to get a tasty result.
  • Instead of broken almonds, you can decorate the challahs with any other type of nuts you like.