You have not lived until you've had homemade challah bread.
I should have known this years ago when I worked as an intern at the Smithsonian Museum in D.C.. My boss and several co-workers were practicing member of the Jewish faith, and all day Friday was spent talking about the fresh challah bread they would be getting that afternoon to help bring in their Sabbath that night. They were brilliant--I wish I had taken up their obsession much sooner.
But my love of homemade challah bread is a recent fascination. I have made several recipes, and this one is my favorite so far, by a landslide. (I'm sure I'll try many more recipes, but alas my daughter needs to be gluten free for a time; so no one cries (including myself) we'll have to pine for it.)
I can't claim this recipe as my own since I found zero reasons to alter it, so do yourself a favor and check out Landen's blog (search for "challah bread," alongside her great posts on minimalism) and make this bread as soon as you can.
Oh, and I don't find it that difficult. But there are several rising stages, so I'd make sure you read the full instructions, as well as start making it earlier than you think you need to. I'd love to hear if you're converted to challah after trying it!