Challah, (pronounced halla), is a rich buttery Jewish bread that is made of three to eight braids, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling! I’ve been making this bread for the past several years and everyone loves it. This recipe makes amazing French Toast and toast with jam.
I would love to hear any of your questions or comments!
My Favorite Challah
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons very warm water (105 – 110 degrees F)
6 cups flour
1 teaspooin sea salt
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup oil
Mix the yeast with the 1 tablespoon sugar and water in a liquid measuring cup and set aside to let bubble up.
Into a bowl, put the flour, salt, sugar, oil and egg along with the yeast mixture, combine together.
Knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and leaves the sides of the bowl. You may need to add a little more flour if it is sticky.
Pour a little oil in a bowl and put the dough upside down into it to grease the top and flip over. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and let rise for an hour.
Punch the dough down with your hand and knead it for just a minute.
Form into three long rolls (or up to 8 if you’re feeling adventurous!) (See bottom of post for braiding tips and ideas.)
Braid your bread, place on baking sheet and let rise for 45 minutes while the oven preheats to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 200 degrees for internal temperature! Brush with butter and enjoy!!
Braiding tips and ideas:
A regular three strand braid is super easy and simple, just like braiding hair.
Braiding anything above that with an even number is also pretty simple if you keep in mind that you join all strands of bread together at one end and then nudge half of them to one side and the other half to the other side. Then place the outside right into the center and the outside of the left into the center and keep doing that pattern. Keeping in mind each outside roll of bread gets a turn to go into the center. I find it’s easier to do this fast so I don’t overthink it! I’ll post a time lapse video of me doing the eight braid!