Having never tasted Challah before, I committed the obvious folly of only making one loaf. Yes friends, I quartered the recipe. But it was evident after the first bite that one loaf of Challah just couldn't be shared between three people. In fact, it was so tasty I popped out another within the week.
Tried substituting sugar with honey in the first loaf, which was fine. The second time around I didn't, and it turned out great then too. The only permanent change I made to the recipe was adding vanilla extract. (I also choose to nix the sesame seeds and add a bit of cream to the egg wash.)
Make sure to let the yeast dissolve all the way, and that lumps are mixed out completely with each addition of flour. Although the first loaf still turned out great, I mixed lazily. But I thoroughly blended with the second and it was superior, coming out noticeably lighter and fluffier.
In reading reviews you might've stumbled across the legend of Challah-French-Toast. Well, that smoke was not without fire and I may or may not have indulged making it... Thrice.
So, this is clearly a wonderful recipe! Simple, beautiful and quick. Delicious either plain or dressed.
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Having never tasted Challah before, I committed the obvious folly of only making one loaf. Yes...