The traditional bread for any Jewish meal is Challah bread. It’s essentially a white bread with a twist. And we mean a literal twist. The bread is a series of braided ropes of dough and we’re going to go all out and do the classic and complex 12-tribes loaf with 12 braids.
Place the water, egg yolks, salt oil, flour, sugar and yeast in the bread pan in the order indicated in the recipe. Select the dough cycle.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Divide the dough in half. And then divide again until you have 12 equal sized chunks of dough
Roll each section into a long strand. I usually try for 20 to 24 inches because it will shorten as you braid the bread.
Place all 12 of the strands next to each other and begin with the strand on the far left and fold it over the other 11 strands. Grab the strand on the far right and fold it over the opposite way. Move towards the next long strand on the left and continue and repeat back and forth. When all twelve strands have been overlaid over each other repeat the process. Pinch the base of the strands. (check the photos)
Place on a parchment-lined or lightly greased baking sheet and braid the dough by laying over each other -one strand at a time. Let the Challah rise, covered, for 30 to 40 minutes.
Brush the Challah with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds, the poppy seeds, or a combination of both. You can also bake it plain.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350°F or until brown. Let it rest and served or after cooling, wrap in plastic wrap and save at room temperature until you’re ready to eat.