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Valentine’s Challah

Hi you all! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow?? This red beetroot challah shaped like heart is the best gift you can give to your lover. This challah I made with organic beetroots, organic raw honey (instead of sugar), free-ranged egg and extra virgin olive oil. I gave mine to @zikkitikki my gorgeous wife. Happy Valentine’s Day honey.



Ingredients:

500 gr white flour

245 ml beetroots purée

50 gr raw honey

60 ml extra virgin olive oil

10 gr dry yeast

10 gr sea salt

1 egg

1-2 gr of citric acid if you want to keep the beet's color (optional)


Method:

- Cook the beetroots until they begin to get soft. Blend the beets with three tablespoons of the cooking juice. Let it cool down.




- In the stand mixer’s bowl add the beet purée, honey, egg, flour, yeast and olive oil. Don't mix.



- Set the stand mixer on the lowest speed. After 4 min, all the ingredients should all come together into a cohesive dough. Add the salt.


- Change the speed of the mixer one notch up. Mix for 10 min.



- Round the dough and place in a greased bowl covered with a towel. Let it rest until doubled in size.



- Divide as you like, I divided this beauty to 8 pieces of 110 gr each (for 2 separate challahs).


- Round each piece to a ball. Cover with a towel and let it sit for 10 min.



- Open the balls to strands and braid the two separate challahs with one side of the challah slightly thinner than the other one.



- Shape the two challahs to a heart shape as seen in the video.


- Let her proof. You know it is ready to be baked when you touched the strands (gently!!!!!) and it bounces back slowly.


- Indulge the with egg yolk with a sip of water. Brush the challah but do not make a pool of egg on the challah. Light Brushing. We don't want an omelette on our bread!



- Bake in a preheated oven to 380F or 190C for about 22 min. If the top of the challah gets brown to fast, cover the top with an aluminium foil.


- Cool the challah on a rack.


- Give the challah to your lover! Or to your date tomorrow night!


- YASSS.


BenGingi.



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