I had to trade my banana chocolate chip muffin recipe for this, but you guys get it for free! It’s a delicious recipe that will keep you wanting more. And remember, the secret is in the braid…

Ingredients:
4-1/4 c. flour
3-1/2 tbsp. sugar (3 for flour mix, 1/2 for yeast)
3 eggs (2 for bread, 1 for egg wash)
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 packet (2.5 tsp.) yeast
1 c. warm water

Mix warm water, yeast, and 1/2 tbsp. sugar in a small bowl, and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in another small bowl mix eggs and oil. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the yeast mixture and then the egg mixture with a spoon, and then knead on a floured surface for about 10 minutes or until smooth. Place in a bowl and cover for 1.5 hours so that the dough has doubled in size. Punch down the dough and divide into equal pieces (8 pieces if making two 4-stranded braids as I did…. you could also just make one larger loaf). You can actually choose how many strands you want in your braid – see this guide for braiding challah with all different numbers of strands! http://toriavey.com/how-to/2010/08/challah-bread-part-2-how-to-braid-challah/
Brush the braided challah with egg and allow to sit, covered, for 45 minutes. It will grow in size again. Preheat oven during this period to 375. Brush with egg once again and put in oven on a baking sheet for 15-30 minutes (depending on size of loaf). Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

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