When I lived in the USA, I worked for a beautiful orthodox Jewish family, and one thing that I loved doing was baking the Challah for Friday night Sabbath. Keeping in mind that with bread you can go wild with your creativity. This is a very basic Challah recipe which you can get really creative with.
1 cup tepid water
4.5 tsp yeast
1.5 tsp salt
2 tbs castor sugar
4.5 cups flour
¼ cup margarine (softened)
I use a kitchen aid to knead…she kneads all my bread doughs so beautifully, but feel free to knead this by hand.
Preheat your oven 200C
Place half the water in the kitchen aid bowl
add yeast and mix until dissolved
add the rest of the water
add the salt, sugar and margarine and mix well
add 2 cups of flour and knead until all the lumps are out
add 3 of the eggs plus the white only of the 4th egg
add some of the flour until you have a soft dough. You want it to be workable, yet soft, it should have pulled away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead in machine until all the lumps are gone, and the dough is slightly elastic.
Leave to rest for about an hour, you want you dough to double in size.
Once doubled in size, knock down, cut dough into 3 equal sizes, roll out, plate the tree pieces together and set aside to prove again. You looking for it to double in size again. Do not place anywhere near a draft, you want a slight warm place.
Bake at 200 C for about 20 – 30 minutes
NOTE: This is not my photo…I had to borrow a picture due to the fact that I didn’t get a chance to take one.