What better way to celebrate a happy, sweet new year! Yields 5 large challahs.
Sweet Raisin Challah
- Cooking and Prep: 3 h
- Serves: 50
Prepare the Dough
Place the sugar, yeast, and half the warm water in the bowl of an electric mixer (strong enough to handle five pounds of flour) Let the yeast proof for 15–20 minutes.
Add the flour, oil, eggs, and remaining water, alternating the wet and dry ingredients as you add. Add the kosher salt as a dough begins to form, and knead it on medium speed for seven to eight minutes.
Add the raisins and knead on low speed for one more minute, just until incorporated.
Place about one teaspoon of oil in the center of a large bowl. Transfer the dough into the bowl and flip it to coat completely with the oil. Place the bowl in a large garbage bag and knot the bag loosely. Let the dough rise for one hour.
Shape and Bake
Take challah, and discard the challah piece according to your minhag. Form the remaining dough into your desired shapes.
Combine the ingredients for egg wash and brush it on the dough. Let the dough rise for another 45 minutes to one hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
(Optional:) Mix together the streusel ingredients with your fingers until a crumbly consistency forms Sprinkle on top of the challah.
Bake large challos for 40 minutes, and smaller individual challos for about 25 minutes.