In Jewish homes all over the world, women bake a braided bread for Shabbos (the sabbath) and holidays. While braiding the bread is traditional, it's not required. We just like to make it look nice. In our home, when there's a special occasion, we like to make our bread even more fancy by making into this Star of David shape.
1 cup warm water (110° F)
1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbs oil
2 eggs (1 for the bread, 1 for the egg wash)
1 tsp salt
3 1/4 cups flour (plus a little extra for kneading)
Step 1: Proof the yeast
You'll need to heat your water to 110° F (45° C) to create a nice warm, but not too hot environment for your yeast to grow. Pour the water into your mixing bowl and sprinkle the yeast over the water. By sprinkling it we're allowing more of the yeast to come in contact with the water.
Let the yeast set for 10 minutes until it's nice and bubbly. If your yeast didn't get frothy, you may have a bad batch of yeast. If this happens, you should try again with a different pack of yeast, so you don't ruin your bread.