Why This Recipe Works
For an easy challah recipe that was rich with eggs and lightly sweetened, with a dark, shiny crust and a firm but light, tender texture, we passed up pre-ferments in favor of a package of instant yeast. Adding water rather than milk kept the bread from becoming too dense and heavy. After testing many egg combinations, we found that two whole eggs with an additional yolk were optimal. Adding 1/4 cup sugar sweetened the loaf and improved its flavor and color.