The Best Challah

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  • Cooking and Prep: 3 h 45 m
  • Serves: 60
  • Contains:

At the beginning, this takes a while. Now it takes me around 25 minutes, start to finish, to make this challah dough, by hand. Adjust sugar according to taste. The recipe as-is makes pretty sweet dough. Yields 6 large challahs.

Ingredients (10)

Main ingredients

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Prepare the Dough

Mix yeast, water and tablespoon sugar. Allow to sit until bubbly. If yeast mixture doesn't bubble, try again.
  1. Add eggs, oil and remaining sugar. Mix. Then add around one fourth of the flour and mix to combine. Add another fourth of the flour and mix. Add another fourth of the flour with salt and mix.
  2. Add remaining flour and mix and knead with hands until flour is combined and dough is smooth (more flour may be required depending on your kitchen's humidity). Cover with plastic wrap in a warm place until doubled, around two hours.
  3. Punch down dough and allow to rise another hour.

Shape and Bake

  1. Punch down dough and separate challah with a bracha. Shape challah and allow to rise in pans 30 minutes.
  2. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with toppings, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.


  • Esther Ganzfried

    is it normal for dough to have a cakey consistency?
    Posted by Esther ganzfried |August 12, 2021
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    What do you mean by cakey? Does it feel like a dough? Can it be formed?
    Posted by raquel_kosher|August 20, 2021
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    1
  • Chana Kagan

    Pounds?

    How many cups is one pound of flower?
    Posted by Chanak2020 |August 21, 2020
    Replies:
    sarah
    8
    Posted by swolpin|August 23, 2020
    Esther Leah
    There are around 7-8 cups in a kilo which is 2.2 pounds. One pound is almost half of a kilo, therefore we are talking about 3 and a half cups. You should measure it and maybe weigh it. If you have access to Tamar Ansh's book on making challah you will find a more precise measure.
    Posted by Esther Leah|August 23, 2020
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    2
  • Gitty Krupnik

    MIXER?

    CAN THIS BE MADE BY MACHINE?
    Posted by gayk22 |April 28, 2020
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    Yes, if you have a machine that will fit 5 lbs of flour.
    Posted by raquel_kosher|April 28, 2020
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    1
  • L K

    Posted by [email protected] |2019-11-07 09:48:33
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  • kimberly cassar

    Posted by kcassar |2018-07-09 16:43:58
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    Chaia Frishman
    Thanks for the feedback.
    Posted by Chaiaadmin|July 9, 2018
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  • Esther Ganzfried

    is it normal for dough to have a cakey consistency?
    Posted by Esther ganzfried |August 12, 2021
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    What do you mean by cakey? Does it feel like a dough? Can it be formed?
    Posted by raquel_kosher|August 20, 2021
    0
    1
  • Chana Kagan

    Pounds?

    How many cups is one pound of flower?
    Posted by Chanak2020 |August 21, 2020
    Replies:
    sarah
    8
    Posted by swolpin|August 23, 2020
    Esther Leah
    There are around 7-8 cups in a kilo which is 2.2 pounds. One pound is almost half of a kilo, therefore we are talking about 3 and a half cups. You should measure it and maybe weigh it. If you have access to Tamar Ansh's book on making challah you will find a more precise measure.
    Posted by Esther Leah|August 23, 2020
    0
    2
  • Gitty Krupnik

    MIXER?

    CAN THIS BE MADE BY MACHINE?
    Posted by gayk22 |April 28, 2020
    Replies:
    Raquel Admin - Kosher.com Admin
    Yes, if you have a machine that will fit 5 lbs of flour.
    Posted by raquel_kosher|April 28, 2020
    0
    1

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