When The Hazz was asked to sing some Shabbat songs and hang out with the residents at a local apartment building, he of course said yes. Then they informed him that he had to bring the challah. So, he turned to me and asked, "Can you make an extra challah?"
Can I? I'd LOVE to make an extra challah. We thought about it for a moment... would the residents like sesame seeds or poppy seeds? Honey? Finally, The Hazz pointed out, "You know what... how about raisins." I tweaked my Basic Recipe and Half-Batch Recipe and came up with something sort of in the middle size-wise.
Yield: 2 medium to large sized loaves
1 c water
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 tbsp honey
2 eggs plus 1 more for egg wash
1/3 c vegetable oil
2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
2 c bread flour
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 generous handful of raisins - we used Trader Joe's golden mix
See my Basic Challah Recipe for a complete method. Honestly, this recipe is nearly identical to the full batch and I'm slightly embarrassed really calling it a "recipe" at all. But because I've been soooo against raisins since starting this blog, I really felt the raisin challah deserved it's own post.