8 cups flour
1.5 tablespoon dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm milk
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
6 tablespoons soft butter
2 teaspoons salt
egg yolk for brushing on top
sesame seeds optional
In a large mixing bowl place all dough ing.
start kneading, using an electric mixer (only a heavy-duty will do) or by hand until smooth, Knead about 8 minutes by hand, or 3-4 minutes by an electric mixer). (I use #2 speed on a Kitchenaid standing mixer).
Place dough in a large greased bowl. Turn dough to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free area until double in volume. about 1 hour.
Punch dough down, cover, and let rise again in a warm, draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Punch down dough.
Turn dough out to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about one minute.
Cut the dough in half (this recipe will yield 2 challahs).
Divide each part to as many strands you want to bread 3, 5 or 6 and roll them to EVEN logs.
Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sesame seed.
Bake in 350f for 30 minutes.