There isn't anything like the smell of homemade challah when it comes to getting in the Jewish Holiday or Sabbath mood. Fortunately, Robin Zusmann of Atlanta, Georgia has contributed her favorite bread machine challah recipe.
4 cups bread flour
1/4 -1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup oil
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (or 1 package)
1. Place the ingredients into the bread machine. Set on dough cycle.
2. Divide dough in half for two loaves. Then divide each loaf into 3 or 4 strands and braid. 3. Cover the loaves with tea towels or non-terry cloth dish towels. Leave them to rise for at least one hour. I put my loaves in my oven with just the interior light on.
4. Remove loaves from oven. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 325-350 degrees for 25 minutes for two loaves (slightly longer for one loaf).
TIPS: To check that the challah is done baking, gently knock on the bottom of it. A hollow sound means the challah is ready.
SOURCE: This recipe was contributed by Robin Zusmann of Atlanta, Georgia.