Challah Bread

I get so many compliments whenever I bring Challah to a social event. I’m almost embarrased to share with you what people tell me, because you will think I am making it up. Seriously. If you follow these steps, you will soon be receiving your own compliments. And I would love to hear from you when you do!  The recipe is adapted from my time at Tante Marie’s cooking School in San Francisco. I always use my Kitchen Aid with the hook attachment to knead dough. You can knead the dough by hand as well, it will take a little longer.

  • 1 cup / 240 ml water
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast / 50 gr bakers yeast
  • 1/3 cup / 80 ml sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups / 675 gr flour
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 4 oz / 110 gr butter, softened
  • 1 egg for glazing
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and add all the remaining ingredients.
  2.  Knead with the dough hook for 6-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and pliable and comes off the sides of the bowl. If kneading by hand do so for about 10 min.
  3. Let the dough rise until doubled in size. About 1.5 hrs at room temperature or overnite in the fridge.
  4. Punch the dough down and divide into 4 equal parts.
  5. Roll each part into a log the length of your sheet pan. I use 1/2 sheet pan.
  6.  Gently squeeze the ends together.
  7. Then start braiding by taking the log closest to you Under Over and Under the other logs.
  8. Repeat with the  log now closest to you Under Over and Under.
  9. When you are done braiding, squeeze the ends together, cover with plastic wrap and let the challah rise until you see tiny pockets of air. About 1 hr, but it depends on the room temperature. See picture below.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350F/175C.
  11. Crack the egg in a small bowl and whisk well. Gently brush the challah with the egg glaze. Be careful not to deflate the bread.
  12. Bake for 40-45 min until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack.

How to braid with four strands:


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