Best Challah Ever

Esty Wolbe Recipe By
  • Cooking and Prep: 3 h
  • Serves: 60
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Thousands of women swear by this challah recipe and make it for Shabbat every week. It's just the right amount of sweetness, a soft and doughy consistency, with a rich flavor. The dough rises well and is easy to work with, not too sticky to braid. The recipe is very versatile and you can easily adapt it to your own taste and it will still come out great.

Ingredients (8)

Dough

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Prepare the Challah

Yields 6 challahs

  1. Combine dry yeast, warm water and two tablespoons sugar in a glass bowl and set aside to proof 10 minutes.

  2. In a very large bowl, combine almost all of the flour with remaining sugar and salt. Add the eggs, honey and oil. Mix well.

  3. Once the yeast is proofed, add to the flour mixture and mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Transfer dough to working surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour as needed.

  4. Return the dough to the large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Set aside to rise for an hour and a half in a warm, draft-free spot.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  6. Uncover the dough and "take challah" (read more on hafrashat challah here) then portion and braid your challahs. Allow to rise 10 minutes then egg wash, sprinkle toppings and bake about 45 minutes.

Note:

Allow to cool completely before storing.

Tip:

Use leftover challah dough – or set some aside – to make cinnamon buns!

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  • Michal Reit

    Best Challah Ever

    High gluten?

    Does this come out ok with regular flour? Never seen high gluten flour in Israel.....
    Posted by Michalreit@gmail.com |May 1, 2019
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    You can use any flour- however high gluten/ bread flour is always better to use when making bread. Or you can try making bread flour at home https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/homemade-bread-flour-substitute-416294
    Posted by raquel_kosher|May 8, 2019
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  • Marlene Lewis

    Best Challah Ever

    Mixing the Dough

    Can you mix the dough in a mixer, or must do this one by hand?
    Posted by Phaedra |May 1, 2019
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    Yes, you can definitely use a mixer!
    Posted by raquel_kosher|May 8, 2019
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  • Esther Kopel

    Best Challah Ever

    Best pans

    Dear Esty, Do you always bake your challahs on baking sheets rather than in tins? How can you get 6 challahs baked at one time, even with two ovens? Is it possible to bake 4 first, leaving the other 2 braided and rising until the first 4 are out of the oven? I am afraid to let the braids over-rise.
    Posted by TitleMom |February 25, 2019
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  • Chavi H

    Best Challah Ever

    Posted by chavtcha |December 16, 2018
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  • Miri Wiesner

    Best Challah Ever

    Regular yeast?

    Can i use regular yeast instead of dry yeast?
    Posted by Miriw |July 30, 2018
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  • Marlene Lewis

    Best Challah Ever

    Mixing the Dough

    Can you mix the dough in a mixer, or must do this one by hand?
    Posted by Phaedra |May 1, 2019
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    Yes, you can definitely use a mixer!
    Posted by raquel_kosher|May 8, 2019
    0
  • Michal Reit

    Best Challah Ever

    High gluten?

    Does this come out ok with regular flour? Never seen high gluten flour in Israel.....
    Posted by Michalreit@gmail.com |May 1, 2019
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    You can use any flour- however high gluten/ bread flour is always better to use when making bread. Or you can try making bread flour at home https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/homemade-bread-flour-substitute-416294
    Posted by raquel_kosher|May 8, 2019
    0
  • Esther Kopel

    Best Challah Ever

    Best pans

    Dear Esty, Do you always bake your challahs on baking sheets rather than in tins? How can you get 6 challahs baked at one time, even with two ovens? Is it possible to bake 4 first, leaving the other 2 braided and rising until the first 4 are out of the oven? I am afraid to let the braids over-rise.
    Posted by TitleMom |February 25, 2019
    0

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