Sweet Challah

Ingredients:

  • 2 packets yeast
  • 1 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 8 cups bread flour
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 8 eggs or 5 eggs plus water to measure 1 1/2 cups
  • 3/4 cup oil

Directions:

  • Dissolve yeast in water + 1 tablespoon sugar.  Let stand.
  • Mix flour, salt, sugar and make a well
  • Pour in yeast mixture, eggs and oil and mix to combine
  • When partially combined, begin to knead, until dough is not sticky, but smooth and satiny
  • Place in greased bowl and cover and allow to sit in a warm place until doubled in bulk (2 hours)
  • Punch down and divide into three parts and form into 3 large braided loaves
  • Cover with towel and set in a warm place (about 45 minutes)
  • Brush with egg.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds
  • Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes
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