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Ultimate Whole Wheat Challah Recipe By Overtime Cook

2 slightly heaping Tablespoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2 cups warm water, divided
4 teaspoons salt
1-1⅓ cups honey* (see note)
4 eggs
⅔ cup oil
9 cups whole wheat flour, preferably white whole wheat
1 egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash
sesame seeds, for topping

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine yeast, sugar, and ½ cup of warm water. Mix lightly to incorporate ingredients, then allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes until it starts bubbling.
2. Add remaining water, salt, honey, eggs, and oil. Turn mixer to low and add the flour, about two cups at a time, until all flour has been added and a dough is formed.
3. Knead dough on medium-low for about ten minutes, then cover the dough and allow it to rise for about an hour and a half.
4. Preheat oven to 400.
5. Grease oval-shaped "challah" pans OR a baking sheet and set aside.
6. Divide dough into 5 portions for small challah, or 3 portions for large challahs. Divide each portion into 3 or 4 strands and braid into a loaf. Dough may be sticky, so use additional flour, as needed, to braid.
7. Place each loaf into a "challah" pan or on a baking sheet.
8. Brush the top of each challah with a beaten egg, then sprinkle sesame seeds over it.
9. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, then lower the temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the challah.

Bubbie's Best Challah Ingredients
(makes one loaf)

1 package active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup of warm water
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tablespoon salt
4 – 4 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose or bread flour)
1 egg (to brush on top of braided loaves before we set them to rise)

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