Honey Challah Bread Recipe

When asked to make a recipe that called for Challah bread I was on a mission to find it and buy a loaf. But after a trip to Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's so I gave up and decided the only way I was going to get my hands on Challah bread was to get busy and make it myself! Turns out as our Waitrose is fairly small they don't stock it.

But as most people know I don't do baking simply because I'm not very good at it and also I can't be doing with all the exact measurements baking involves. However, with that said considering this was my first attempt I was pretty pleased with myself 😊

Honey Challah Bread

I didn't take a proper picture of it being made since I had little faith that it would turn out any good so the only one I have is a phone camera pic which I posted on my Instagram.

Challah bread is enriched with eggs and this recipe has honey in it which gives it a really lovely taste.

Sliced Honey Challah Bread


Anyway bread makers out there possibly may not be too amazed or impressed with my Challah bread but I am!

A bit of info on Challah Bread:
From Wikipedia - Challah, plural: challot or challos is a special Jewish bread, usually braided and typically eaten on ceremonial occasions such as Sabbath and major Jewish holidays.

I used a recipe based on one from Tesco Real Food website and I must point out I needed more water than they suggested. My recipe is

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Ingredients
1kg bread flour
1½tsp Easy Bake Active Yeast Link is for reference only please note it's only £1 in a supermarket - just saying!
250ml lukewarm water - I needed 350ml
2 medium eggs - free range
2 medium egg yolks - free range
30ml olive oil
3tbsp runny honey
1tsp salt

You will also need:
1 medium egg white - free range
small handful sesame seeds

Method:
Put the water, eggs, egg yolks, olive oil and honey in a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined, then add just half of the flour, the yeast and salt.

Mix together until nice and smooth and well combined then leave to prove for 15 minutes.

Add the remaining flour in 4 batches and combine until you have a dough. You may well need a little more water - I found another 100ml did the trick.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface until you have a soft, elastic dough, using a little extra flour if the dough is too sticky. Once smooth and elastic, lightly oil a large bowl and place, the dough in it.

Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size; roughly an hour.

Remove the dough from the bowl after proving and cut into three.

Roll out into even shaped sausages. Connect the three pieces of sausage-shaped dough at one end. Braid the dough by bringing the right side across the middle piece of dough so that it now sits in the middle.
Next, bring the left piece of dough across the middle piece so that it sits in the middle.
Continue in this fashion until you have to pinch the ends of the dough together and tuck them neatly under.

Carefully lift onto a lined baking tray.

Whisk the egg whites until frothy then brush the bread all over with it. Cover the braided dough again and allow it to prove for another hour or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6 

Remove the cover then brush again with the egg white, sprinkle the sesame seeds on top and bake for 20 minutes.

Turn the bread around, reduce the oven to 180°C, and bake for a further 20 minutes until golden brown in colour all over. Remove and allow to cool a little before serving.


So there you have it; if I can make Challah Bread anyone can!

2 comments

  1. That bread looks amazing. You should definitely be amazed. I would be if I made bread and it turned out like that. I love baking but rarely do bread.

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  2. I tip my hat to you! As Laura said above - I like to bake but am always put off by bread!

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