|Source||Recipe from Rivka on Food52.com.|
|Prep time||1 hour|
|Cooking time||3 hours|
|Total time||4 hours|
Lightly sweet and fluffy, challah bread is great for sharing with friends and family.
Put 1 cup warm water in a small bowl. Add 2 tsp sugar and yeast and swirl together gently. Let if proof for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix flour, salt, ¼ cup sugar and cardamom in a large bowl. Set aside. In a third bowl, mix ½ cup water, honey, oil, and 4 eggs.
When the yeast is done proofing, add it to the flour mixture. Immediately add wet ingredients. Mix together until the dough becomes thick. Empty dough on to a well-floured surface and knead by hand until it is smooth and no longer sticky. This will take about 7-10 minutes.
Split the dough into two pieces. Set them each in a large, oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let them rise until they are room temperature and have doubled in size. This may take between 2-4 hours, depending on the flour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Separate each dough ball into thirds, so that you have 6 total pieces. Roll each piece into a 12 inch log. Use 3 logs and braid them together and then repeat with the remaining 3 logs for 2 total loaves. Place each loaf on a baking sheet and spread with egg wash (1 egg yolk, 1 Tbsp water, and 1 Tbsp honey, mixed together). Bake for about 20 minutes, until the loaves are golden and baked through.