3/4 c water
2 1/4 tsp active dry or instant yeast (1 packet)
1 1/2 tbsp honey
2 eggs plus 1 more for egg wash
1/4 c vegetable oil
3 c flour (I usually use bread flour or unbleached all-purpose flour or a combination of the two)
1 1/4 tsp salt
The following instructions are copied from my Basic Challah Recipe #1 with Honey directions. Because this recipe is on the small-side, expect to get two smallish challot or one nice big one.
Place very warm (but not hot, I usually let me faucet run for a bit) water in mixing bowl. Add yeast and honey, mixing lightly. Allow to sit for 10 minutes or so... I usually do less... until you see little eruptions.
Add eggs and vegetable oil and mix with wood spoon.
If you have a stand mixer, add flour and salt and beat with dough hook. Remember: salt kills yeast. Don't put the salt in with the yeast. Wait until you've added some of the flour.
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. The dough is ready when it sticks together as a ball and is not sticky to the touch when you poke your finger in (5-10 minutes of beating). 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, preferably more (usually about an hour and a half), until dough has doubled in size. I only do one rise as a ball, but you can do more. I'm not convinced it does much to the texture but some people swear by it.
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. Top with an egg wash (I use the yolk and white) and sesame or poppy seeds if you like.