Minnesota blogger Molly Yeh often twists her challahs into simple spirals. This recipe -- adapted from her cookbook Molly on the Range ($32.50, Rodale) -- makes four small loaves, perfect for freezing or sharing. (Slightly stale challah also makes dreamy French toast.)
To make only two loaves, halve all ingredients and shape the dough into two loaves instead of four.
Whole Wheat Challah
Substitute up to 2-1/2 cups whole-wheat flour for an equal amount of all-purpose flour. (This dough may take slightly longer to rise.) Nutrition analysis per serving: same as above except 207 calories, 30 g carbohydrate, 8 g total fat, 2 g fiber, 5 g total sugar, 9% iron