Honey Challah

April 28, 2021
4.5 Stars
Photo by Sarah Stone
Author Notes

A simple challah dough that uses the easiest braiding technique of all the challah braids out there—the three braid. —Erin Jeanne McDowell

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Honey Challah
  • Makes 1 large loaf
  • 4 1/4 cups (520 g) bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons (37 g) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (9 g) instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 g) fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) warm water (around 100°F/38°C)
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (85 g) honey
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) canola, vegetable, or other neutral oil
  • 2 (113 g) large eggs, at room temperature
  • Egg wash (1 egg + 1 tablespoon water), as needed for finishing
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt to combine.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients (water, milk, honey, oil, and eggs), and continue to mix on low speed for 3 minutes. Raise the speed to medium and continue to mix for 5 minutes more.
  4. Transfer the dough to a large bowl lightly greased with non-stick spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until double in size, about 1 hour.
  5. To braid the bread, turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it into three even pieces. Roll each piece into a log about 12 inches long. Pinch each piece together at the top to seal, leaving the bottom ends loose.
  6. Braid the bread just as you would strands of hair: Move the right hand piece to the middle, then the left hand piece to the middle -- and so on and so forth until all of the dough is braided.
  7. Transfer the loaf to a the prepared baking sheet, and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise for 30 to 45 minutes more.
  8. Brush the egg wash onto the loaf just before baking. Bake the loaf until deeply golden brown and fully baked through, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool before slicing and serving.

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I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, The Book on Pie, came out on November 10th, 2020, and my pie merch collaboration with Food52 is out now too: https://food52.com/shop/merchants/manifest-food52/food52-x-erin-mcdowell

2 Reviews

Naoma April 3, 2015
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James M. September 26, 2014
These baking posts keep stressing the importance of weighing ingredients, and then keep giving recipes in volumes...