We aren’t Jewish, but do you need to be to enjoy challah? It is such a delicious, egg rich dough! The smells that permeated my house while this was baking, was amazing. Plus, the braids are always so pretty. Have you tried it yet? No? You need to give this a try. You won’t regret it.
Start by activating your yeast. You add it to warm water. It activates really quickly, generally within just a few minutes. Some people mistakenly believe you need to add a sweetener to the water during this part of the process, for the yeast to feed on. You don’t. It will still activate without it. Also, cast aside the misconception that salt will kill yeast, not true either…
This is what it should look like, frothy and bubbly.
Next, plenty of eggs and egg yolks. It’s where you get the beautiful golden color from. These are some of those beautiful pullet eggs.
And all to mixer. I love my Bosch, and use it all the time! It’s such a great workhorse!
Here’s a quick video showing what your dough should look like when you are mixing.
Braids and braids. I tried a 6 strand loaf, but just couldn’t get it right, so I settled on the 3 strand. It was too much to figure out this morning!
It’s funny, I used to have to worry about my loaves being perfect, when I worked at the bakeries. It is so much easier to bake for my family, they have no qualms when the loaves aren’t perfect!
Cover and let them rise. You can do this with a towel, I just use saran wrap. You’re choice.
Brush with egg wash. You can skip this step, but isn’t it so beautiful with it! Look at that shiny golden brown color.
Aren’t these loaves beautiful!!
We served our’s with butter and some fresh plum jam from my sister, the food preserving queen! It was so delicious. We were loving it! I won’t even bother telling your how many pieces I ate
Isn’t it a beautiful, vibrant color?!? Homemade jam is the best!
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup canola oil you can use softened butter if you prefer or even another neutral flavored oil of choice.
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 1/2-8 cups all purpose flour
- Add yeast to warm water in small bowl. Mix and set aside until the yeast is activated, about 3-5 minutes.Add ingredients to mixing bowl. Start with the 6 1/2 cups and add from there, as needed. You want to only add enough flour to get it to pull away from the side of the bowl as it is mixing. You still want it to be tacky (slightly sticky) though, so don't add too much. Mix about 5-7 minutes until dough is smooth. Allow it to rise, covered, until it has doubled. How long it takes will depend on the temperature of your house and of the dough to begin with. Mine took about an hour. Once it has doubled, form into loaf. I braided mine in a traditional 3 strand braid. There are so many other braid options as well. Cover and let it rise again. Mine took about 45 minutes, but again this depends on the temp.Preheat oven to 350. Brush with an egg wash, I always make mine with 1 egg and about 1 tablespoon milk. Bake until golden brown. We love it warm, but will also eat it anyway I can get it. A loaf and half were gone within an hour. My boys LOVE fresh bread!Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!