A nice recipe for challa that I tried out last week. Makes one loaf.
- Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in lukewarm water, sugar, honey, salt, egg, shortening, and 1 1/4 C of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (you should be able to take a small piece of dough and stretch it out thin without it tearing), about 5 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning the dough so that the top is greased. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double, about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
- Punch down dough and split into 3 equal parts (or 6, if you want to do a six braid like mine). Roll each part into a rope 14 inches long.
- Place the ropes onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Braid the ropes gently and loosely. Pinch the ends well and tuck them under securely.
- Combine the egg yolk and 2 T water to make an egg wash. Brush the braid with the egg wash. Let the dough rise again until double, 40 - 50 minutes.
- Carefully brush the bread with egg wash again. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes at 375° F.
NOTES: If you are using quick rising yeast, omit the salt. If you want to learn how to braid a 6 braid, you might find this video helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22p3wIHLupc