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Challah Recipe

A lovely egg and honey enriched braided bread with Jewish roots. Lovely with butter or jam.
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 7 cups King Arthur bread flour plus additional flour may take 8 or 9 cups of flour total
  • If using whole wheat flour 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 bread flour is preferable in flavor
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  • 1 egg beaten
  • Poppy seeds or sesame seeds optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Mix all ingredients above line together except flour.
  3. Add flour cup by cup until the dough comes together enough to start pulling aside from the bowl.
  4. Pour out onto a floured surface and knead, adding flour as you go to keep it smooth and not sticking to the table.
  5. Knead for about 10 minutes.
  6. Cover top of bread lightly with oil and cover. Allow to proof until dough has almost doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Punch down.
  8. Divide dough in half and then each half into 6 pieces for a total of 12 pieces. Try to make them as even as possible or weigh them to be equal.
  9. Roll the pieces out til they are about 1 inch in diameter.
  10. Pinch six braids together at the top and then braid. See Tammy's Recipe Braiding Vide for tutorial.
  11. Gently transfer the braided challah to a greased cookie sheet and cover with a tea towel. Allow to rise again for about 30 minutes.
  12. Use a pastry brush to coat the loaves with beaten egg. Top with poppy or sesame seeds if desired.
  13. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  14. *If using active dry yeast instead of instant yeast see Tammy's Recipe for additional tips!