Challah

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recipe by Keith Lamprecht

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    7hrs 10mins
  • Serves icon
    Serves
    6
  • Calories icon
    Calories
    1023

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 (about 5½)
  • Egg yolk icon
    Egg yolk
    230g (about 11½)
  • Water icon
    Water
    150ml (½ cup)
  • Honey icon
    Honey
    100g (about 4¾ tbsp)
  • Vegetable oil icon
    Vegetable oil
    98ml (½ cup)
  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    1000g (about 7¾ cups)
  • Sugar icon
    Sugar
    50g (about 4 tbsp)
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    30g (about 3½ tbsp)
  • Active dried yeast icon
    Active dried yeast
    10g (about 2½ tsp)
  • Vegetable oil icon
    Vegetable oil
    1 tbsp (about 15ml)
  • Egg icon
    Egg
    x 1 (about 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. Add egg, egg yolk, water, honey and vegetable oil to a clean stand mixer bowl
  2. Combine
  3. Add all purpose flour, sugar, kosher salt and active dried yeast to a clean large mixing bowl
  4. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to stand mixer bowl
  5. Mix slowly until smooth - approx 10 min, dough hook
  6. Transfer content of stand mixer bowl to lightly floured surface
  7. Knead until elastic - approx 3 min
  8. Form into balls
  9. Coat vegetable oil with the lightly floured surface
  10. Transfer content of lightly floured surface to large mixing bowl and cover
  11. Let rise until doubled and fold in - approx 1 hr 30 min
  12. Let rise until doubled - approx 1 hr 30 min
  13. Transfer content of large mixing bowl to lightly floured surface
  14. Cut into eighths and cover
  15. Let rest - approx 15 min
  16. Roll into strips
  17. Fold together
  18. Add egg to a clean small bowl
  19. Prepare
  20. Cover
  21. Let rise until doubled - approx 2 hr
  22. Pre-heat then reduce heat - 190°C, middle rack
  23. Bake - approx 40 min, 160°C
  24. Let cool onto cooling rack - approx 1 hr
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