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Challah Bread

challah

Who wants a little more buttery rich goodness in their lives?  I mean, who doesn’t, right?  Well, friends, I’ve flown back to bread land because I just can’t stay away.  You know that the draw of homemade bread is just too much for me, don’t you?  So I had to bring you one of my favorites.

This challah might just be your new favorite homemade bread.  This is yet another bread recipe from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoe Francois.  If you don’t have this book and you really like making your own bread, get a copy as soon as you can!

Do you ever get nervous when you try a new bread recipe because you’re concerned that it’s not going to rise correctly?  You’re left staring at the bowl of dough wondering if it really has doubled or if you’re just wishing it to look that way.  Well, the recipes from this cookbook will not leave you disappointed.  I swear you can literally watch the dough rise.  It’s that fast.  And it’s as easy as just dumping the ingredients in an electric mixer.

challah

This challah is heavenly.  Don’t laugh too hard at my attempt at braiding. 😀  I know it’s lumpy, but I’ve only braided twice before.  It just has character, right?  Let me go with that. 😉

When you bite into this bread you’re going to be in buttery bliss.  It has honey, butter, and eggs, so it’s a dreamy, rich dough.  And the possibilities are endless.  Sure, this bread is flipping good with peanut butter and jelly.  But it’s just begging to be French toast.  And the book suggests using it as dough for sticky buns.  I’ve done this a lot and it’s GREAT.  I’ll have that in an upcoming post, by the way.

This makes enough for four 1-pound loaves, but I usually just split the dough in half and make 2 pretty large loaves of braided bread.  Or, you know, sometimes I make a loaf of bread and one 9×13 pan of sticky buns with the other half.  You have to do what you feel is right. 😉  Enjoy!

challah

Challah Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups lukewarm water
  • 1½ tbsp granulated yeast (2 packets)
  • 1½ tbsp Kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp water)
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together the water, yeast, salt, eggs, honey, and melted butter.
  2. Add in the flour and place the dough hook on the mixer.
  3. Mix until all of the flour is incorporated and you have a smooth dough.
  4. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and allow it to rise at room temperature until it rises and collapses back a little (about 2 hours).
  5. The dough is ready to use now, or can be put in the fridge for five days. The dough is also easier to handle if it's cold.
  6. When ready to use, line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  7. Dust the surface of the dough and cut off a 1 pound piece (or about the size of a grapefruit).
  8. Dust the dough with a little more flour and shape it into a ball.
  9. Divide the ball into thirds with a knife. Roll the balls into long, thin ropes of equal size. (If the dough doesn't want to stretch, give it five minutes to rest and try again).
  10. Braid the ropes together by starting in the center, braiding out until the end, then folding the very end under slightly. Then repeat down the other side until you have one long braid.
  11. Allow the bread to rise on the prepared cookie sheet for 1 hour and 40 minutes if your dough has been in the fridge, or 40 minutes if you're using fresh dough.
  12. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Brush the loaf with the egg wash.
  14. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown, adjusting time for bigger or smaller loaves.

 

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen May 11, 2016, 3:15 am

    Homemade breads are the BEST. This challah bread looks so perfectly baked. Love how rich and buttery this is.

    • Amanda May 11, 2016, 8:59 am

      Thank you so much!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice May 11, 2016, 5:45 am

    I’ve never made challah bread before, though I do love the texture and flavor! This looks just perfect, Amanda! So pretty…I think I would devour this in no time!

    • Amanda May 11, 2016, 9:00 am

      Thank you, Gayle! You’re too kind. 🙂

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks May 11, 2016, 5:58 am

    I love challah – among other things, it makes the BEST French toast. Yours is so pretty!

    • Amanda May 11, 2016, 9:01 am

      Thanks! Isn’t the French toast the best? I had to stop myself. Haha.

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes May 11, 2016, 8:59 am

    I love challah! It also makes the best French toast for brunch! 🙂

    • Amanda May 11, 2016, 9:01 am

      Thanks, Eva! I totally agree. It’s the only bread I use for French toast now.

  • Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry May 12, 2016, 4:28 am

    I’ve never tried Challah bread before but it sounds divine Amanda! Bread made with butter and honey sounds almost too good to be true. And your braiding looks perfectly fine to me!! I can’t wait to see that sticky buns recipe either 😀

    • Amanda May 13, 2016, 1:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Lisa. The sticky buns are crazy. Whenever they’re gone I immediately want them again! 🙂 Talk about a sweet tooth.

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary May 12, 2016, 4:19 pm

    Homemade bread is THE best!! Challah is one of my all time favorites, because YES to buttery, rich goodness! Yours looks perfect dear! I need two loaves, one to shove into my pie hole right now and one to make french toast with later. 🙂 Cheers, dear!

    • Amanda May 13, 2016, 1:18 pm

      You’re too kind! 🙂 I always make two loaves right away. I can always freeze the second one, but I usually eat it fast enough where I don’t need to. Haha.

  • Rachel @ Bakerita May 13, 2016, 9:57 am

    I remember making Challah with my Hebrew school tutor and my sister as a kid, and I believe it was my first time ever making bread. I LOVED it, but I haven’t made challah in so long. This post is making me crave a fresh loaf. Totally happening soon!

    • Amanda May 13, 2016, 1:20 pm

      What a great memory, Rachel! That’s so awesome that you made bread as a kid. I barely had the attention span to get through making sugar cookies with my mom. 🙂

  • Mir May 16, 2016, 5:02 am

    As a frequent challah maker, I’m excited to try this method! My sister in law swears by this bread book. And I think you did a great braid job for a novice!

    • Amanda May 16, 2016, 2:26 pm

      Thanks! I was so freaked out about making bread before getting this book. It seemed so intimidating. But now I love making bread.

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