3 C flour
1/4 cup plus 1/4 tsp sugar
1/4 C natural oil (vegetable or canola)
1 1/4 C Water
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) to 1 Tbsp dry yeast
Optional: Maple Syrup for an egg-free shine
Place warm water in mixing bowl. Add yeast and 1/4 tsp sugar, mixing gently. Let yeast proof for about 10 minutes.
Add vegetable oil and mix with wood spoon. Add flour, sugar, and salt and beat with dough hook on a stand mixer or knead by hand.
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. Turn the ball out onto a floured work surface and punch a few times until very smooth.
Place in oiled bowl and cover in plastic wrap or a towel. Allow to rise at least one hour, preferrably more, until dough has doubled in size.
Punch down the ball in the bowl and remove. Punch out all air bubbles. Braid in your preferred method. Allow to rise 20-30 minutes. Eggless Wash: I just used maple syrup. I read it somewhere online, and it works really well. I totally recommend it if you run out of eggs and just need a shine. It's not too sweet at all!
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. (You can read about my oven temperature methods here.)
Enjoy! Do YOU have a preferred method for eggless challah? I'd love to hear your thoughts! This challah is a bit on the lighter, fluffier side.