Challah

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recipe by Keith Lamprecht

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    7hrs 10mins
  • Serves icon
    Serves
    6
  • Calories icon
    Calories
    2026

Here is a bread that is as much a pleasure to look at as it is to eat. Check out that braiding! And the way it practically glows on the table! Slice yourself a piece and cherish the pillow-soft interior, simultaneously rich and slightly sweet. Challah is a bread that should be in everyone's repertoire. For celebrating everything from Hanukkah to Sunday supper, challah is the just the bread for the job.

recipe updated Jun 7, 2019

Ingredients

  • Egg icon
    Egg
    270g
  • Egg yolk icon
    Egg yolk
    230g
  • Water icon
    Water
    150ml
  • Honey icon
    Honey
    100g
  • Vegetable oil icon
    Vegetable oil
    98ml
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    1000g
  • Sugar icon
    Sugar
    50g
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    30g
  • Active dried yeast icon
    Active dried yeast
    10g
  • Vegetable oil icon
    Vegetable oil
    15ml
  • Egg icon
    Egg
    50g

Tools

  • kCook icon Stand mixer
  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Cooling rack
  • kCook icon Pastry brush
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Stand mixer bowl
  • kCook icon Lightly floured surface
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl

Step preview

  1. Get a clean stand mixer bowl
  2. Add egg
  3. Add separated egg yolk
  4. Add cold water
  5. Add honey
  6. Add vegetable oil
  7. Combine
  8. Get a clean large mixing bowl
  9. Add sifted all purpose flour
  10. Add sugar
  11. Add kosher salt
  12. Add active dried yeast
  13. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to stand mixer bowl
  14. Mix slowly until smooth - approx 10 min, dough hook
  15. Transfer content of stand mixer bowl to lightly floured surface
  16. Knead until elastic - approx 3 min
  17. Form into balls
  18. Coat vegetable oil
  19. Transfer content of lightly floured surface to large mixing bowl and cover
  20. Let rise until doubled and fold in - approx 1 hr 30 min
  21. Let rise until doubled - approx 1 hr 30 min
  22. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to lightly floured surface
  23. Cut into eighths and cover
  24. Let rest - approx 15 min
  25. Roll into strips
  26. Fold together
  27. Get a clean small bowl
  28. Add egg
  29. Prepare
  30. Cover
  31. Let rise until doubled - approx 2 hr
  32. Pre-heat then reduce heat - 190°C, middle rack
  33. Bake - approx 40 min, 160°C
  34. Let cool onto cooling rack - approx 1 hr
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