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Challah Recipe (Based on a recipe from Rabbi Abby Cohen) 
Begin by mixing
one packet of yeast with 1 cup warm water1 tsp. sugar When the yeast begins to foam (wait 5-10 minutes), add 3 eggs1/3 cup sugar (you can use 1/2 brown sugar if you want)1/3 cup oil (safflower or canola)1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract1 1/2 tsp salt4 to 4 1/4 cups flour (you can use all white, but if you use whole wheat, I suggest no more than 50% of it be whole wheat)Mix with a large spoon until all ingredients are incorporated together, then begin to knead the dough by hand. 

Knead until dough is coherent and smooth to the touch.  If the dough sticks to your hands when needing, add a little more flour until the dough releases fairly easily from your hands. If the dough is falling apart, add a little more water until the dough holds together. Cover with a towel and let rise until the dough doubles in bulk (Some people remove the dough from the bowl and fold it over a few times to “de-gas” the dough after an hour of rising).…
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