Challah Bread is a very straightforward bread to make enriched with oil and sugar to add sweetness. It doesn't require any fussy techniques and can be easily made at home within 2-3 hours.
Place Luke warm water in mixing bowl. Add yeast and 1/4 tsp sugar, mixing gently. Let yeast proof for about 10 minutes.
If the yeast has not proofed discard and start again.
In a large bowl or your add in the yeast and vegetable oil and mix. To this add in the flour, sugar and salt.
Knead the dough by hand or using a dough beater in an electric mixer.
If the dough is not holding together as a ball, add a bit more oil or water. If the dough is very sticky, add more flour. (But try to limit this, add only if necessary.)
Turn the ball out onto a floured work surface and punch a few times until very smooth.
Place in greased/Oiled bowl and cover and keep it aside to rise until double in size. Around 1 to 1.5 hour.
After the dough has double in size, punch down the ball in the bowl and remove any air bubbles. Divide the dough into 2 equal size portions and braid using your preferred method.
Set aside on a baking tray to rise for 20-30 minutes. Just before baking brush the top with milk or maple syrup.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
After removing from the oven, apply some butter. (Optional)