This was my first time baking Challah, also known as Jewish egg bread. Since it’s the 4th night of Hanukkah, I felt it was most appropriate to make a traditional and festive food.
During this time of COVID, cooking is a great way to reconnect with family, friends and tradition, especially if we can’t be together.
As you can see in the directions below, making Challah is pretty easy, it just takes time. The best part about this bread is how diverse it can be- after making it you can freeze it or use it for a bread pudding the next day.
Challah is a crowd pleaser that everyone will enjoy slathering with butter and honey, especially when it’s straight out of the oven.
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- 8 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups warm water (110 F)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons yeast
- 1 tablespoon salt
- (optional) sesame or poppy seeds
1). Put your water in a large bowl and sprinkle the active dry yeast into it. Add your honey, oil, salt and 2 eggs to the bowl. Begin to beat the mixture.
2). Add the flour in slowly, one cup at a time. Continue to beat thoroughly after adding each cup. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic and until no longer sticky.
3). Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 1.5 hours.
4). After rising, punch the dough down and take it out of the bowl. Divide into half. Bring onto a floured surface and knead each half for about 15 minutes, adding flour as necessary until no longer sticky.
5). Braid and arrange the challah’s as you see fit. After braiding and arranging, cover the challah’s with a cloth and let the bread rise for another hour.
6). After rising, beat the remaining egg and use as an eggwash and brush over the loaves. Sprinkle with seeds if you desire.
7). Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. The bread will turn a deep golden color. Challah will be done when it sounds hollow when you knock on it and when it easily comes apart from the pan.
Let the bread rest for about half an hour before cutting into it. Serve warm with butter and honey.
Did you want to learn how to make Challah bread? How did it turn out? Tell me in the comments below.