Best Challah Ever

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  • 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.

 

Yields 6 medium challahs

Ingredients (9)

Dough

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Prepare the Challah

  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 degrees Fahrenheit.

  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.

 

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Tip:

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

Credits

Photography and Styling by Esty Wolbe



  • peninah

    can you verify the amount of yeast needed. I usually use 4 ounces of fresh yeast or 6 packets of dry. How much yeast is needed in this recipe?
    Posted by pmerzel |2021-09-13 23:08:18
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  • E.

    challa was cracking

    hi i made the challos, but they came out very heavy (is this normal) and also with a lot of strech marks. wondering how i can preven this?
    Posted by It's kitchen time |July 27, 2021
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    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    You can read all about it here https://www.kosher.com/lifestyle/challah-tips-and-tricks-with-atnaomi-tgis-1139
    Posted by raquel_kosher|August 3, 2021
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  • E.

    Hi, I just made the challa and although they look delicious they are very heavy (is this normal?) and they came out all cracked. Why? How can i prevent this in the future? pls help, tnx
    Posted by It's kitchen time |2021-07-27 08:12:27
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    Posted by bailee |2021-06-03 18:35:39
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  • S Weiss

    what does honey give for the dough as opposed to sugar? what would you say is the equivalence of sugar to honey?
    Posted by liquor |2021-05-24 14:09:06
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    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    Honey has been used in baking and bread baking for centuries, as it adds moisture to the dough or batter. Because of its sugars, it can help the yeast grow when used adequately. You can substitute for sugar in a 1:1 ratio.
    Posted by raquel_kosher|May 28, 2021
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  • Evelyn Grussgott

    Amazing!!
    Posted by dasgrosz |2020-11-08 03:06:00
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  • Evelyn Grussgott

    Posted by dasgrosz |2020-11-08 03:05:52
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  • Mary Rosenberg

    We love this recipe!
    Posted by Miriam241 |2020-08-02 10:32:15
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    Posted by Rachel H |2020-07-12 14:57:19
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    Posted by ASHB:) |2020-06-22 22:35:02
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  • Michelle Bomser

    Smaller amount

    We are only two of us, could this be cut in half or thirds?
    Posted by mich60 |April 30, 2020
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    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    Yes, you can 1/2 this recipe
    Posted by raquel_kosher|May 11, 2020
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    Posted by Surpiller |2020-03-28 12:49:25
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  • Michal Reit

    High gluten?

    Does this come out ok with regular flour? Never seen high gluten flour in Israel.....
    Posted by [email protected] |May 1, 2019
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    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

    Mixing the Dough

    Can you mix the dough in a mixer, or must do this one by hand?
    Posted by Phaedra |May 1, 2019
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    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 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

    Posted by chavtcha |2018-12-16 09:57:42
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  • Miri Wiesner

    Regular yeast?

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

    can you verify the amount of yeast needed. I usually use 4 ounces of fresh yeast or 6 packets of dry. How much yeast is needed in this recipe?
    Posted by pmerzel |2021-09-13 23:08:18
    Replies:
    0
    0
  • E.

    Hi, I just made the challa and although they look delicious they are very heavy (is this normal?) and they came out all cracked. Why? How can i prevent this in the future? pls help, tnx
    Posted by It's kitchen time |2021-07-27 08:12:27
    Replies:
    0
    0
  • S Weiss

    what does honey give for the dough as opposed to sugar? what would you say is the equivalence of sugar to honey?
    Posted by liquor |2021-05-24 14:09:06
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    Honey has been used in baking and bread baking for centuries, as it adds moisture to the dough or batter. Because of its sugars, it can help the yeast grow when used adequately. You can substitute for sugar in a 1:1 ratio.
    Posted by raquel_kosher|May 28, 2021
    0
    1
  • Evelyn Grussgott

    Amazing!!
    Posted by dasgrosz |2020-11-08 03:06:00
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  • Mary Rosenberg

    We love this recipe!
    Posted by Miriam241 |2020-08-02 10:32:15
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  • E.

    challa was cracking

    hi i made the challos, but they came out very heavy (is this normal) and also with a lot of strech marks. wondering how i can preven this?
    Posted by It's kitchen time |July 27, 2021
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    You can read all about it here https://www.kosher.com/lifestyle/challah-tips-and-tricks-with-atnaomi-tgis-1139
    Posted by raquel_kosher|August 3, 2021
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    1
  • Michelle Bomser

    Smaller amount

    We are only two of us, could this be cut in half or thirds?
    Posted by mich60 |April 30, 2020
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    Yes, you can 1/2 this recipe
    Posted by raquel_kosher|May 11, 2020
    0
    1
  • Marlene Lewis

    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
    1
  • Michal Reit

    High gluten?

    Does this come out ok with regular flour? Never seen high gluten flour in Israel.....
    Posted by [email protected] |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
    1
  • Esther Kopel

    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
    0
  • Miri Wiesner

    Regular yeast?

    Can i use regular yeast instead of dry yeast?
    Posted by Miriw |July 30, 2018
    0
    0

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