Use any challah recipe, white, whole-wheat, spelt etc. I've been "just winging it" not measuring exactly recently. And I've also been using half whole wheat and half white flour in my challah. This week, when I baked to freeze in advance, I didn't use my usual dark brown sugar. I used white with some maple syrup. I just felt inspired. I hope it comes out well. There's no reason it shouldn't.
When it comes the time to shape the challah, after it has risen and been punched down,
- take six equal pieces and
- roll them into "strings"
- lay them on the table, baking sheet or whatever
- three horizontal and three vertical
- braid the ends
- tuck the ends of the braid underneath
Afterwards "paint" with raw egg and let the challah rise before baking.
When baking the challah, start on a higher than for a cake heat until it starts browning, and then lower the heat until it's lower than for a cake.
The challah will be ready when it's hard and brown on the bottom.
Here it is!
PS yes, it's a different shape from the one illustrated earlier in the post. This one is the easiest and most fun. This is the simple ball challah. Just take pieces, roll them into balls and place them together in the baking pan or baking sheet. The balls don't have to be exactly the same size. Don't obsess, please. It should be fun and easy to bake challah.
You let the guests or family just grab a ball when serving. Don't cut this challah with a knife.