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Braided Challah Bread

Braided Challah Bread

Challah (pronounced haa-luh) is a jewish bread that is typically braided. Sometimes you will see them braided into fun shapes. It is slightly sweet and similar in taste to brioche.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rise Time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine jewish



  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Challah Dough

  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • poppy or sesame seeds optional



  • In a small bowl, combine the lukewarm water (approx. 110°F), yeast, and 1 cup flour.
  • Place the starter in a warm place and let it rise for 30-45 minutes.

Challah Dough

  • Transfer the starter to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the remaining challah dough ingredients to the starter, starting with 3 cups of flour.
  • Mix the ingredients together using a dough hook or wooden spoon. If needed, add up to 1 more cup of flour. Knead for a few minutes until the dough feels soft and smooth.
  • Transfer the dough to a large, oiled bowl and cover. Let it rise for about 1 1/2 hours, until the dough is double in size.
  • After the dough has risen, transfer dough to a floured work surface. Divide the dough into your desired amount of strands for your braid.
  • Roll each portion of dough into a 15"-20" log shape.
  • On a large baking sheet lined with greased parchment or a silicon mat, braid the loaf.
  • Cover the loaf and let it rise at room temperature about 1 hour.
  • Toward the end of the rise time, combine the egg wash ingredients in a small bowl and preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Brush the dough with the egg wash and bake 30-35 minutes.
Keyword braided bread, challah