Taking challah is a special mitzvah (commandment) for Jewish women.  Note I said "taking" challah.  Challah isn't actually the name of this type of  bread, but the name of the mitzvah of taking a portion of the dough before baking it and setting it aside as an offering.  Over the years the bread became known by the name of this mitzvah. This particular recipe is too small to require the taking of challah, but we'll call the bread challah anyway.

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)

Also needed;
Aluminum foil

Step 1: Proof the yeast

Proofing the yeast means we'll be adding it to the water and making sure it's alive and healthy.  Yeast is a living organism that eats sugars in your dough and turns it into carbon dioxide.  This causes your dough to rise as the carbon dioxide creates bubbles in your dough.

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.
Interesting recipe. Have to try it just to see how the honey affects taste and texture. Thanks!
Shalom! <br> <br>Lovely!
I've tried better Challah recipes <br><br>sorry 'bout it
Would make a hell of a ham sandwich.
If you really wanted to be &quot;traif&quot; you could make it ham and cheese. Silly comment- silly answer.
great idea!!! thanks, <br> and In Rosh Hashana i'll put a little cup of honey in the center of the halaj
Looks yummy. Don't forget to enter it into the Bread Contest!!

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