Challah - braided Jewish bread - is a wonderful bread for a first-time breadmaker. You can even make the dough ahead and refrigerate it until next morning. This should slow the yeast's growth so that you can leave it out on the counter until it's ready for the next stage in late afternoon or early evening.
This bread was easy to make and very flexible in it's rising time which is nice! The only tip I have is begin braiding in the middle of thethe loaf and braid out to each end (I find it easier to make a good looking loaf this way!) My only complaint was that the bread was denser and heavier then I expected Challah to be but that is because of the whole wheat flour... I shouldn't have been surprised Thanks for adding a good whole wheat bread recipe that is pretty enough to grace any dinner table! - 02 Dec 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This is our favorite challah! I only made two other types before but once we found this recipe, well, it's always a winner. Sure, it's dense because of the wheat but it's SO tasty. I like to add some extra honey and sometimes add honey to the egg wash. - 26 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Absolutely delicious and healthy too! I wouldn't change a thing. Makes great French toast and croutons, but trust me, it won't last that long. Thanks for sharing! - 29 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)