How to make it

  • Combine all yeast ingredients in small bowl; let stand 10 mins or until foamy.
  • Meanwhile, combine 1 c water, oil and 1/4 c sugar in lrg bowl. Add 3 eggs, egg yolk and salt; beat at med speed until combined.
  • Add yeast mixture and 1 cup of the flour; beat at low speed until smooth. Slowly beat in enough of the remaining flour to make soft dough. (Resist the urge to add too much flour; dough should be sticky and won't pull away from sides of bowl cleanly.)
  • Knead dough 5 mins with mixer or gently by hand on light floured surgace 10 mins or until dough is soft and smooth. Gently form in lrg ball; lightly dust outside with flour. Spray large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl; cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with towel; place in warm place. Let rise until double, about 1 hour.
  • Heat over to 350F; line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Gently punch down dough; turn out onto lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half; divide each half into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into rope 18 inches long and 1 inch wide.
  • Place 3 ropes next to each other. Starting in the middle, braid on half; secure ends. Braid the other half; place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, keeping space between braids on baking sheet. Cover with towl; let rise 25-30 mins or until almost double in size.
  • Combine 1 egg and 1 tbs water. Brush over braid; sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake 30 mins or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.
  • Makes 2 (24slice) loaves
  • TIPS: You can make a sweeter challah by increasing the sugar in the dough to 1/2 cup.
  • You make it richer by replacing the warm water with warm milk and replacing the oil with butter.

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    " It was excellent "
    shirleyoma ate it and said...
    Oh yummm, love this one!! got my 5
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