Adapted from King Arthur Flour
This bright-golden challah, stuffed with raisins and sweetened with honey, is baked in a spiral shape, traditional at Rosh Hashanah.
1/2 cup lukewarm water
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/2 cups golden raisins, packed
1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
2 tablespoons coarse white sparkling sugar, optional
To make the dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients except the raisins, and mix and knead them, by hand, mixer, or bread machine, until you have a soft, fairly smooth dough.
Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 2 hours, or until it's puffy though probably not doubled in bulk.
Gently deflate the dough, and knead in the raisins.
Lightly grease a 9