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My Sister's Mother-in-law Challah

May  4, 2020
Photo by Tsippora M
Author Notes

Super easy eggless challah, probably the best challah i've ever eaten and definitely the best challah i've ever made.
i make mine with 70% whole wheat flower but my sister does with all white (all purpose) flour. it's a pretty forgiving recipe so don't be afraid to play with it! —Tsippora M

  • Prep time 3 hours 25 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Makes 2 large 4 medium challah
Ingredients
  • 1000 grams flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 5-8 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you want it. i go for 6)
  • 2.5 cups warm water
  • 0.5 cups oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 egg (for eggwash)
  • sesame seeds, poppy seeds etc
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. (if you need to activate your yeast, mix it in the warm water with some of the sugar until it's foamy)
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl - flour, salt, sugar and yeast. then add the wet ingredients - warm water and oil.
  3. mix everything together until it forms a dough
  4. knead the dough for 10-12 minutes by hand, or 6-8 minutes if you are using a mixer
  5. let dough rise in a covered, oiled bowl for 1-2 hours, until doubled in size
  6. separate the dough into 2, or 4 pieces, depending on the size you want. you can also go smaller and make rolls.
  7. shape each portion into a challah - 3/4/6 piece braid, whateer you want
  8. let shaped challa rise (covered) for another hour
  9. before putting the challah into the oven - brush with egg wash (1 beaten egg) - if you don't want to use egg you can use butter, oil, milk, honey, or water. this is when you also can sprinkle on some sesame seeds, or poppy seeds or anything else you want to decorate with! (i really love using coarse sea-salt)
  10. bake in a 350°F (180°C) oven, for 20-25 minutes until dark brown.

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