Here's how to make the delicious challah your kids bring home on Friday.
4 packs of dry yeast
3 ½ cups warm water
1 ½ cups sugar
5 lb flour
1 ½ Table spoons salt
1 cup oil
Pour 4 packs of yeast into a large bowl. Add very warm (not hot) water to it and let stand for 10-15 minutes or until all of the yeast has bubbled.
Add sugar, salt and half the amount of flour and mix well. Put in 6 eggs and oil and mix. Add the remaining half of flour and knead for 5-10 minutes. Take a dishtowel and pour boiling water over and squeeze it out. Place the towel over the bowl and let it rise for a few hours.
Taking Bread for the Kohanim.
Once it has finished rising take a small scoop of the dough and say the following blessing as you break it off. "Baruch Atah Adonay Elohaynu Melech Haolam Asher Kidashanu B'mitzvotav Vitsivanu Lehafreesh Challah."-“who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to separate challah.”
Place the piece of dough on a small tray or a piece of aluminum foil and burn it in the oven by broiling it. This is to show that we are yearning for the Beit Hamikdash to be rebuilt so that we can give of our challah to the Kohanim. Once it is completely burnt you may throw it away.
Preparing the challah for baking.
Braid the challah and place on greased cookie sheet. Let it rise for 20 minutes then brush on some egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds, sesame seeds etc…
Place in oven preheated to 350. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until top is golden.