Bread Machine Recipe
1 cup and 1 tablespoon of water
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup honey
1/2 tablespoon salt
4 cups bread flour
1 heaping tablespoon yeast
*1 slightly beaten egg yolk for glazing (See note below)
Put all ingredients in bread machine in order-listed above. Turn on dough cycle. When cycle is finished, remove and divide dough into two parts.
Grease 2 round 9-inch cake-layer pans with spray shortening.
Divide dough in half and the divide each half into 12 balls (1 ball for each of 12 Tribes of Israel).
Place three balls in the center of the pan; surround with 9 additional balls. Allow to rise for 1 hour.
*Glaze with the beaten egg yolks. (Optional if frosting)
Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes.
**Frosting for Challah
1 cup confectioners' sugar
Few drops of orange juice
Whisk ingredients together until smooth and spreading consistency
Spread on challah when challah is completely cool. Best frosted just before serving
Optional: Garnish with raisins, dried cherries, chocolate chips, pecans after frosting
Yield: Makes two round pull-a-part challahs
Serve honey with challah during Rosh Hashanah and throughout the Jewish festival season.
For easier shaping, grease hands before making balls.
This challah can also be made by hand, or with a stand mixer with a bread hook.