Challah

Challah

Challah Jewish Bread Recipe

Challah Jewish Bread Recipe

Challah

Recipe Type: bread

Cuisine: Jewish

Author: Caroline

Prep time: 1 hour 30 mins

Cook time: 25 mins

Total time: 1 hour 55 mins

Serves: 1 loaf

Challah is a traditional Jewish bread which is braided so it looks beautiful and tastes even better. There are many different variations which I love but I thought I'd show you how to make a simple classic one.

Ingredients

  • Dough mixture:
  • 1 sachet instant yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¾ cup luke warm water
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 ½ cups flour

 

  • Glaze
  • 1 egg
  • vanilla – optional
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Start by activating the yeast by adding it to the warm water with the sugar
  2. Give it a stir and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes
  3. Add the yeast mixture to a larger bowl and add the eggs, salt, sugar, butter and 1 cup of the flour
  4. Give it a stir with a wooden spoon and keep adding the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time until it forms a ball of dough
  5. Now you can start kneading the dough for about 8- 10 minutes until it’s smooth and stretchy. Use the ball of your hand and have a good arm work out.
  6. Cut dough into 3 or 4 even pieces and roll into thin long strands
  7. Now you can start braiding - as if you were doing a hair plait
  8. Tuck the ends under neatly or trim off
  9. Lay on a baking tray
  10. Brush with some beaten egg, and then leave somewhere warm for an hour so it doubles in size
  11. Preheat the oven 350f / gas 4 / 180c
  12. Give the bread another brush with the egg mixture and a sprinkle of sesame seeds
  13. When oven is at correct temperature pop in and bake for approx 25 minutes.
  14. Serve warm or leave to cool, slice and enjoy
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