I've been using this chala recipe for the past 30 years. My children have tried other recipes and eventually come back to this one. One of my einekels won't eat store bought chala, only his Mommy's or Bubby's
- 5 lbs. flour -
- 4 cups warm water -
- 2 cups oil -
- 1 cup sugar -
- 8 eggs -
- 4 pkgs. yeast or 4 X 2 1/2 tsp. yeast (rapid rise) -
- 2 tbsp & 2 tsp. salt -
If you are using rapid rise yeast, place 1/3 of the flour in you mixer bowl. Add oil, eggs sugar warm water and yeast, Add the rest of the flour, then the salt. The trick is the salt should not be mixed directly with the yeast. If not using rapid rise yeast, dissolve yeast in a little bit of warm water with 1 tsp. suger. Then add the yeast to the rest of the ingredients. You will also have to punch the dough down after 1 hr. and let it rise again before braiding.
Using your dough hook, mix until well blended and looks like dough. Then mix on higher speed to knead. Oil a large bowl and take the dough and shape into a ball and place in oiled bowl. Cover with wet dish cloth or plastic bag. Let rise 1 1/2 - 2 hours, until double in size.
Preheat oven to 350. Then braid into chalahs. Place on greased pans, let rise another hour. Brush on eggwash and sprinkle on sesame seeds.
Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes depending on how big the chalas are. When ready place on wire rack to cool. Enjoy!!