Yield: fills one large criss-cross challah
Halachic note: The main hamotzi blessing for the meal should not be recited on this challah, as it is considered a “filled challah.”
This recipe yields 6–8 challahs. To prepare half the recipe, see the variation below.
To half the recipe, use 2 cups water, 3/4 cup sugar, 4 and 1/2 teaspoons yeast, 3 cups plus 3 – 4 and 1/2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon sea salt, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Yields three large challahs.
This recipe is provided through Masbia’s Emergency Trailer Drive. Masbia Soup Kitchen Network’s COVID-19 Relief Mobilization started in the beginning of March and is battling this historic food crisis with 500% more emergency food than before the outbreak. At the current rate, over twelve tractor trailer loads are given out every single week to the people standing on those unprecedented breadlines. Please consider sponsoring food during this historic food emergency. Reprinted with permission from RISING: The Book of Challah. Photography by Monica Pinto.