Good Morning! It's Friday which also means it's almost the weekend (sigh). In honor of this weeks holiday, I give you challah...
- two packets dry yeast
- 1 cup and 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 7 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamon
- 4 eggs
- 2/3 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- plus 1 egg, cinnamon and sugar for topping
In a small bowl, mix yeast, sugar and warm water. Let rest for 5 minutes until the top begins to foam and bubble.
In another small bowl beat eggs, oil and vanilla until fully mixed.
In a large bowl or standing mixer, combine flour, salt, and cardamon. Add the yeast mixture followed by the egg mixture. Beat or kneed until fully incorporated (about 7 minutes). Add more flour if needed.
Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let it sit for 2 hrs or until it doubles in size. To speed up the process, heat the oven to 200F and turn it off. Place bowl of dough in the warmed but OFF oven.
Once risen, separate the dough into three pieces. Roll each into an identical log and braid together. Coat with cinnamon and sugar. The more you can work into the cracks the better (in my humble opinion). Finally brush with egg and place aside for 30 minutes to rise.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375F. After the braid has risen, place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Tent the challah with tin foil and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.