Anyone Have A Delicious Challah Recipe?

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  • #593097


    This is my first time making challah and i really want to make ma a good challah. I dont really have a recipe yet though. I was looking for a sweet doughy challah and was wondering if anyone had a recipe that i migt like

  • #1210894


    I have a very good one for a bread maker. If you’re interested, say the word.

    (Its a small recipe)


  • #1210895


    I have a great and simple recipe. It is a sweet egg challah made with 8 ingredients:

    4 1/2 – 5 Cups Warm Water (the more water the lighter it will be but sticky to work with)

    1 /2 – 2 Cups Sugar – it matters how sweet you like it

    4.5 T Dried Yeast

    5 lb bag Challah Flour (can use regular also)

    4 Eggs

    1 Stick Margarine + 1/3 C Oil or 1 Cup Oil (if you don’t want to use margarine)

    4 T Kosher Salt

    Mix the first 3 together and let sit for 10 minutes

    Add the rest of the ingredients and mix for 10 minutes.

    Make Bracha and transfer to oiled bowl.

    Cover and let rise in a warm room.

    Once doubled punch down and braid.

    Egg the challahs and let rise again about 30 minutes

    Preheat oven to 350 and let challahs bake until golden brown.

    This Challah is a hit. I know so many people who use this recipe and they all get tons of compliments.


  • #1210896

    This is THE best challah recipe. Guests often call after shabbos for the recipe.

    3 Cups water

    8 teaspoons yeast

    1 1/3 Cups sugar

    1 1/3 Cups oil

    8 eggs

    6 teaspoons salt

    5 lb flour

    Combine lukewarm water, yeast, sugar, oil, eggs, and half the flour in the mixing bowl.

    * If you mix it with the regular cake beater (at this point) it kneads much better.

    Add the salt.

    * Switch to the dough hook and add remaining flour.

    Let the dough rise for one hour.

    * For a lighter challah, knead the dough again for a minute using the dough hook.

    Let the dough rise an additional hour.

    Braid the challah and let it rise for 1/2 an hour. If the dough is a little sticky, lightly grease your hands.

    Bake: bilkelach – about 25 minutes (depending on size), small challahs – about 1/2 hour, medium challahs – about 40 minutes, large challahs – about 45 minutes.

    * Tricks I’ve found that really made a difference in the challah’s texture.

  • #1210897


    Does anyone have a recipe for water challah – with minimal eggs, sugar, or oil?

    According the Rambam, products of the above recipes would warrant a bracha of mezonot.

    Miss L. Aneous, as far as I understand, according to some Ashkenazic views your challah would be mezonos because most of the liquid added is not water. There is a slight majority of eggs and oil (assuming that an average egg is 2 oz).

  • #1210898

    Guest 100

    Delicious Water Challah Recipe:

    6 tbsp dry yeast

    1 Cup Sugar

    1 cup warm water

    Put yeast and sugar into a bowl and then add the water. Once the yeast is dissolved add the following:

    6 additional cups warm water

    1.5 cups oil

    5 lbs flour

    2 tbsp salt

    Knead all the ingrediants together and let it rise for one hour. Then braid and bake on 425 for 25-30 minutes. This recipe will make 6 nice size challah’s.

    It’s a really easy recipe that NEVER flops.

  • #1210899


    guest 100

    I think maybe you made a mistake on the recipe it probably is 6 tsp(teaspoons) not 6 Tbsp (Tablespoons) of yeast

  • #1210900

    Guest 100


    No, 6 Tbsp is the correct amount. I make this recipe every single week and it comes out delicious and it has a great consistency!!

  • #1210901


    Could the flour in any of these recipes be substituted for white whole wheat flour?

  • #1210902


    the recipes sound great, i think im definately going to try them thankyou. miss alenious is your challah a doughyish challah or a dryer kind of challah

  • #1210903


    also miss alenios how much does your recipe make

  • #1210904


    sorry but just noticed miss l anious what temp. should i bake the challah on 350?

  • #1210905


    1) this challah recipe is very soft. That’s why I recommend using oil and not flour if the dough is a little sticky when braiding it.

    2) I usually divide the dough into 4 and from there make whatever size challos I need. Each of the 4 sections can make a large, 2 mediums, 3 smalls, or 8 bilkelach – or just divide it however you like. (When I’m lazy, I make a quater of the batch in the bread machine – use 7 1/3 Cups flour.)

    3) Sorry I left out the 350. Length of time is estimated; you have to check the bottom to see if it’s ready. I don’t like when it gets overdone because I often freeze challah ahead of time.

    I forgot to mention the egg wash. I use about 3 egg yolks diluted with a little water and about 3 teaspoons of sugar. (My family likes a sweet crust.


  • #1210906

    nachas, I never tried substituing this recipe with whole wheat flour. I have a different whole wheat recipe – which is drier than my regular challah recipe.

    2 1/4 Cups lukewarm water

    7 1/2 teaspoons yeast

    12 Tablespoons olive oil (alternate with honey)

    9 heaping Tablespoons honey (if you alternate with olive oil the honey will slide off the spoon)

    3 eggs

    9 Cups whole wheat flour

    3 3/4 teaspoons salt

    Same instructions as any challah recipe. My tricks are the same: beat all ingredients with half the flour and salt with a regular cake beater then switch to the dough hook when you add the remaining flour. When you punch it down after 1 hour, put it back on the mixer with the dough hook.

    Personally, I don’t do an egg wash on whole wheat challah, I find that it gets a little sticky.

  • #1210907


    You can all send me your challos for a taste test and Ill let you know which ones are delicious lol

  • #1210908


    Some tips:

    make sure the yeast does not come in direct contact with the salt.

    The water should be warm not hot (that will kill the yeast).

    After braiding let rise an additional 20 minutes for a nicer shape.

    Bon appetite!!

  • #1210909


    Could the flour in any of these recipes be substituted for white whole wheat flour?

    I’ve baked (not challah) in the past using white whole wheat and found it to have a bit of an aftertaste. I’ve gotten better results using a percentage of regular whole wheat flour instead of the entire recipe with WWW.


  • #1210910


    miss l aneous thankyou so much im trying it soon and cant wait

  • #1210911

    minyan gal

    kapusta: I would love to have your recipe. I have been looking for a small recipe that I can start in my breadmaker – which is only a one and a half pound one. I know that I can make a slightly larger recipe in it because I will be taking out the dough before it rises/bakes.

  • #1210912


    minyan gal:

    1 C. warm water

    1 egg

    1/3 C. oil

    1/3 C. sugar

    1 tsp salt

    5 C. flour*

    1 pkg dry yeast (2 tsp)

    Beaten egg for the top.

    Put in the ingredients as listed above (dont proof the yeast). It comes out slightly sweet, if you like it sweeter, you can add some sugar without a problem. I’ve baked it on varying temperatures, usually between 350-400. It doesn’t really come out like a bakery egg challah, the inside is more like a water challah. The longer you let it rise, the more yeasty taste it will have. I’ve let it rise in the fridge overnight and it has a pretty strong (but good!) flavor.

    *I heard recently that there was a problem with flour, so sifting is definitely recommended. If you want to make this whole wheat, say the word and I’ll give you a run-through.

    It makes 6 smallish bilkelach or 4 small-med challahs.

    If you make it, please let me know how it comes out!


  • #1210913

    Oops! Just realized I put down the wrong amount of flour for a bread machine in an earlier post. When I do it in the bread machine I put in 3 2/3 Cups flour. (7 1/3 Cup would be for a Kitchenaid mixer.)

    Note: You have to know your bread machine (or read the manual). Some machines require that you put in the wet ingredients first while others require the dry the ingredients first. If you do it in the wrong order your machine might not mix it at all.

    Egg Challah Bread Machine Recipe

    3 2/3 Cups flour

    1/3 Cup sugar

    1 1/2 teaspoons salt

    1/3 Cup oil

    2 eggs

    3/4 Cup water

    2 teaspoons yeast

    Whole Wheat Challah Bread Machine Recipe

    3 Cups flour

    1 1/4 teaspoon salt

    4 Tablespoons olive oil (alternate with honey)

    3 heaping Tablespoons honey

    3/4 Cup water

    1 egg

    2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

  • #1210914


    Best challah recipe is to go to yossi’s on 18 and 57 and buy 2 challahs. if that doesn’t work out, try schicks on 16 and 47.

  • #1210915


    weighing in from the guys who cook tread. My sourdough is far far removed from the puffy, white, oil, egg, and sugar heavy creations, but a few of my “enhancements” go well in any bread.

    a) best for white breads where it not only tastes but shows, rehydrated short snips of roesmary a tablespoon to 5lb batch.

    b)best for ww or other heavy dark bread, onion poppy. Cut onions into uniform small bits, dicing stam give too much large chunks. Set on a slanted cutting board and salt with about a teaspoon of coarse salt, slant board and let it sweat and drain overnight. You should leave the approximate amount of salt used out of the main recipe. Before use, sprinkle some sugar to give it some gooeyness, add poppy until it mixes between grey and black. Flatten out a portion of dough, spread a spoon or two onto it and roll up. Cross roll it once of twice and form into a loaf. The last move puts a strip of filling into each slice.

    Onion board. Roll dough into 3/4 to 1″ logs. Lay out with curls and wiggles on a greased cookie sheet, spooning the onion mix onto and inbetween logs. Done right, there generally will be no leftovers. Bteiavon.

  • #1210916

    minyan gal

    Kapusta, thank you so much for the recipe. Perhaps I will even have time to make it today. I will let you know if I have success. Shabbat Shalom.

  • #1210917


    miss l aneous the challah came out great thankyou so much!

  • #1210918

    Pashuteh Yid

    Remember, there is a strict YWN policy that all recipes must be tasted and signed off by a male over the age of 13 before being posted.

  • #1210919


    Pashuteh Yid

    Yeah Im still waiting for my Challos to taste test….

  • #1210920

    happym19, Glad you enjoyed!

  • #1210921


    Guest 100, am I reading correctly that there are no eggs in your water challah? I’m going to try it!

  • #1210922


    Miss L. Aneous

    You’re recipe is delicious! Thank you!

    I added a topping of minced onion, kosher salt, sesame and poppy seeds. Yum!

  • #1210923


    I’m looking for a really fluffy, yummy whole wheat rolls recipe. But something not too complicated! Thanks!!


  • #1210924


    Does anyone actually think their challah recipe ISN’T delicious?

  • #1210925


    6yo thread

    I think if the challah didn’t taste good, then the recipe is discarded. Someone may have it, or know how to access it online, afterward; however, good point, one wouldn’t hold on to it as a “recipe” if one didn’t find it delicious…. technically.


    Someone can have a recipe that he/she isn’t so fond of, but others rave about.

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