Ready in 4 hours
Beautiful Challah bread, perfect for Shabbat, or any special occasion.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar, honey, salt, and water. After all the ingredients have dissolved, add the milk. Heat until all is fairly warm, no more than 110*F. Pour this into mixer. Add the flour, eggs, and yeast. Mix for about 8 minutes on low.
FIRST AND SECOND RISES
Transfer dough to buttered bowl. (I use non-stick cooking spray.) Cover bowl with plastic wrap and hand towel. Let rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled.
Deflate, cover as before and let rise 45 min.-1 hr.
SHAPING AND FINAL RISE
Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Cut dough in half. Divide each half into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into about 18" pieces. Braid, just as you would for a hair braid. I start at the middle to the end, then turn around and go from the middle to the other end. Tuck in ends. Place each on baking sheet and cover with towel. Let rise 40 min.
Preheat oven to 375*. Just before baking, I usually brush the dough with an egg wash. Just take an egg, stir well with a fork, then brush on braided dough. This step is not necessary, but gives the bread a lovely, glossy sheen, and the crust a better texture. Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how you like your bread. My family likes ours ever-so-slightly doughy on the inside, so I bake it for the lesser time. If needed, cover the bread with foil, shiny side up, about halfway through cooking, so the crust doesn't get overcooked.
We usually break off pieces by hand, but it can be sliced, also. Share second loaf with another family or friend, or slice it and use it for the best French Toast you'll ever taste.
MamaEJ 1m agoGreat recipe! This is a delicious, no fail Challah. If you are bringing your challah to a Jewish celebration where meat will be served, substitute canola or grapeseed oil for the butter, and almond milk for the dairy milk using the same measurements. The full recipe will rise very high - sprinkle the top of the dough with a little flour to keep it from sticking to the plastic wrap or wax paper!
WynterKolors 2m agoHow fluffy is the inside of the bread? I'm looking for something really light and airy on the inside and crisp and buttery on the outside. This looks like something I'd like to try!
JC4Life 9m agoI've been making this recipe for awhile now. I was short on time one day and cut it into squares to rise and it makes the PERFECT dinner roll!
LcSullivan 9m ago
Sarahduck1 11m ago
sunkeeper1984 1y agoDo I have to have a stand mixer to make or can I make by hand?
jpcool 1y agoIt looks so cool it looks like braides
KitchenRoyalty 2y agoIt's ok, but to heavy for my family taste.
queenpipenko1987 2y agoOMG delicious! !! My family lived it
nikolemarek 3y agothanks so much for this simple recipe!