Challah bread

Challah bread is a traditional Jewish recipe that is sometimes also known as Egg Bread. It is common to serve Challah on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The bread is soft and sweet and often braided into beautiful loaves.
Author: Jennifer Fishkind
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Let rise: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 slices
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Ingredients

  • 2 packets yeast (approx. 1 1/2 tbsp)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 lbs flour (Start with around 9 cups then gradually add the remaining 6 or so cups until the dough forms a nice ball and is not sticky.)

Instructions

  1. Combine the yeast and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Add warm water and let sit for 7 minutes - until the yeast activates indicated by bubbles forming on top of the mixture.
  3. Add: Salt, veg. oil, eggs & flour
  4. Let the dough rise for 1 ½ hours or until doubled in size. (Henna suggested putting it in a clean garbage bag twisted shut to rise)
  5. Once the bread has risen braid your challah however you would like. This site has great braiding instructions - Secrets of Challah
  6. Cover and let rise for another 1 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 350.
  8. Brush (egg wash) the challahs with a mixture of 1 egg yolk and 1/2 tsp water
  9. Bake for 30 -35 minutes

Recipe Notes

Important flour note - Start with around 9 cups then gradually add the
remaining 6 or so cups until the dough forms a nice ball and is not
sticky.

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 308kcal
Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Sodium: 189mg
Potassium: 83mg
Carbohydrates: 63g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 9g
Protein: 8g
Vitamin A: 0.6%
Calcium: 1.5%
Iron: 18.8%
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