Challah bread is a special braided bread traditionally eaten during Jewish holidays. When I first saw it I was struck with how beautiful it is and wanted to try it out.
Makes 1 Loaf
3 cups flour
1/8 cup sugar
1/4 Tbsp salt
3/4 Tbsp yeast
1/8 cup olive oil
1 1/4 cup warm water
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, knead for 10 minutes until soft and pliable. Cover and let rise for one hour. If you know how to braid with 6 strands, divide the dough into 6 equal lumps. If you feel more comfortable braiding with 3, divide the dough into 3 lumps. Roll the lumps into slender ropes and braid them together.
If you want to see some great photos and video on how this is done, click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Once the braiding is done, cover and let rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes. Then bake at 350 for 30 minutes.