Challah - Breadman Talking

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 22m
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"This is an easy challah bread recipe by the Breadman, who used to post on a blog by the same name. Some alternatives: use honey or brown sugar instead of white sugar, use melted butter or margarine instead of oil, mix some raisins in after the first rise. I use quick rise yeast to save on time."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (165 g)
  • Calories 412.8
  • Total Fat - 12.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 65.5 mg
  • Sodium - 407.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 66.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 9.1 g
  • Sugars - 8.7 g
  • Protein - 13 g
  • Calcium - 38.7 mg
  • Iron - 3.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

Dissolve the sugar in the water then mix in and dissolve the yeast - Let it stand for about 10 minutes until it becomes frothy.

Step 2

Mix in 1 cup of the flour until smooth - Then mix in the egg and the oil and finally the salt.

Step 3

Add flour 1 cup at a time until you have a smooth very slightly sticky dough - Knead the dough for a few minutes until nice and smooth - Add a little flour as necessary but make sure the dough stays a little sticky(If you add too much the bread will be heavy and dense).

Step 4

Move the dough to an oiled bowl turning in the bowl to coat the dough with oil, then cover and place in a warm place until doubles ( about 1 1/2 hours).

Step 5

Remove the dough from the bowl, punch down, and then shape into loaves- divide the dough into two halves then each half into 3 or 4 pieces, Each piece becomes a 'snake' which I then braid into loaves.

Step 6

Place the shaped loaves onto an oiled baking sheet, Cover and let rise until about doubled- This will take about 45 minutes.

Step 7

About 15 minutes before the bread finishes rising, start to preheat the oven to 350F.

Step 8

Brush loaves with beaten egg yolk before placing in the oven.

Step 9

When the bread is finished rising place in the center of the oven for about 22 minutes or so - The bread will get quite brown- It is done when you tap it on the bottom and it sounds hollow.

Step 10

Cool on a rack.

Tips & Variations

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