Friday challah

by seedpods

I’ve been working to get back into baking bread. I made some bread earlier this week (irish soda bread) and when it ran out, I decided to keep supplying the household bread. Because it was friday and we’re culturally Jewish, it only seemed sensible to make challah.

3 tbsp active dry yeast
1 1/3 C warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp coarse salt (or less!)
3 tbsp softened butter
3 eggs
5 C flour
milk for glaze
poppy seeds

Mix yeast into water, let sit for five minutes. Mix in sugar, salt, butter. Beat eggs in to mixture. Add flour, one cup at a time. When all flour is mixed in and dough is stiff, turn on to floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in buttered bowl and then flip over and leave covered for 2 hours.
Divide into six pieces and roll each into a rope that’s 1 inch wide. Cut each piece in half. Braid into two loaves and place onto buttered cookie sheet. Let rise until they have doubled in size. Paint with milk and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake at 400 for 35 minutes.