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GRANDMA IDA'S CHALLAH

Category:    Bread
Yield:2 servings
 
      6 c  FLOUR (approx)                    1/2 c  SUGAR
      1 pk YEAST, DRY                          1 ts SALT; HEAPING
      1    EGG; WELL-BEATEN                1 1/3 c  WATER; LUKEWARM
    1/2 c  OIL                                      RAISINS, OPTIONAL
 
  Mix dry ingredients (yeast, flour, sugar, and salt) in large bowl,
     using 4 cups of the flour. Make a well in the center. Into the well, put
  the eggs, oil, and water.  Stir to dampen flour. Add enough flour so that
  dough becomes smooth and cleans sides of bowl if you are using a dough
  hook.
     Else knead on floured board. Place dough in oiled and let rise until
  double in bulk. Divide dough in half and each half into 3 or 4 pieces. For
  each loaf, roll out the pieces into ropes and braid from the middle
      to the ends. Place loaves on a greased cookie sheet or in greased loaf
  pans. Brush the top of each loaf with egg glaze if desired. Allow to rise
  again until double. Bake 30 - 45 min @ 350. ~ FOR BUNS: USE 2/3+ CUPS SUGAR
  AND 2 EGGS. ~ ** TO DECREASE RISING TIME: ** PLACE DOUGH IN BOWL - DO NOT
  GREASE! ** PLACE 1 CUP OF WATER IN CORNER OF MICROWAVE OVEN. ** COVER DOUGH
  LOOSELY WITH SARAN OR DAMP LINT-FREE TOWEL. ** NUKE FOR 3 MINUTES @ 20%
  POWER. (MAX OF 112 DEGREES!!!) ** LET REST FOR 3 MINUTES. ** NUKE FOR
  ANOTHER 3 MINUTES @ 20% POWER. ** LET REST FOR 6 MINUTES. ** AFTER PUNCHING
  DOWN AND BRAIDING, CAN LET RISE NORMALLY IN PANS OR
     REPEAT NUKING PROCESS IF USING MICROWAVE SAFE PANS. ~ TO MAKE ROUND
  LOAVES:
    PAT DOUGH INTO A 9 X 13 RECTANGLE.
    PAT RAISINS INTO THE DOUGH, THEN ROLL UP TIGHT FROM THE LONG SIDE TO 32".
    MAKE A PINWHEEL OF IT, TUCKING THE OUTSIDE END UNDER THE LAST TURN.
 

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