Rabbi Krauss’ Wife’s Challah

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 5 Eggs
  • 3 Yeast Packets
  • 8 Cups Flour
  • Raisins (optional)
  • Poppy Seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, sugar, 2 cups of warm water, salt and 4 eggs.
  2. In a small bowl or glass dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup water for ~5 minutes
  3. Add the yeast to the oil-water-egg mixture
  4. Mix in 4 cups of flour and slowly add the remaining 4 cups, mixing in as you go
  5. Knead for 10 minutes
  6. Cover bowl and let rise until it doubles in size (~1 hour)
  7. Punch down and knead for 2 1/2 minutes
  8. Cover bowl and let rise until it doubles in size (~1/2 hour)
  9. Divide into halves or thirds.
  10. Add raisins if desired.
  11. Let sit for 15 minutes
  12. Divide each loaf into thirds and braid.
  13. Let rise until doubles in size (~1 hour)
  14. Mix remaining egg with remaining water and brush the top of each loaf.
  15. Sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
  16. Bake in 350ºF oven for 45-55 minutes.
  17. Let cool.
  18. Try not to eat all at once.

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