Challah

2 1/2 Cups Warm Water
1 Tbs. Active Dry Yeast
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Tbs. Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
1 Tbs. Salt
8 Cups Unbleached Bread Flour

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water. Beat in honey, oil, salt and TWO eggs (not all 3!).

Add flour one cup at a time, mixing after every addition graduating to kneeding with hands as dough thickens. Kneed until smooth and elastic and no longer sitcky, adding flour as needed.

Spray a big bowl with cooking spray and place the lump of dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Let rise till doubled (about 1 1/2 hours) in a warm place.

Punch down dough. Divide in half and kneed for 5 minutes each. Then divide each half into 3 pieces. Roll into ropes about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Braid the strands. (Makes two braids.)

Grease two cookie sheets. Place braided rings on them and let rise again for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375.

Beat remaining egg and brush generously over loaves.

Bake 40 minutes.

Cool 1 hour before slicing.
(Good luck on waiting a whole hour…)

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