Braided Egg Bread (Challah)

Amy Herald


Did you know Challah is a very special bread? Used in Jewish cuisine, it is typically eaten on major Jewish holidays. For the Challah to be ready for ceremony, a small portion of the dough is set aside as an offering before baking the bread. Also it's delicious and beautiful!


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2 Hr 30 Min
30 Min


  • 1 Tbsp
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1 pkg
    active dry yeast or 2 1/2 tsp. jarred yeast
  • 3 1/2 c
    bread flour
  • 3/4 c
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 3
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/4 c
    sesame seeds

How to Make Braided Egg Bread (Challah)


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, yeast and 1 cup flour.
  2. In a 1 quart saucepan over low heat, heat milk and butter until milk is warm and butter is melted.
  3. If milk is too hot, bring temp down to around 120 degrees.
  4. With mixer at low speed, beat milk mixture into dry ingredients, just until blended. Beat at medium speed two minutes more.
  5. Reserve 1 egg yolk. Add remaining egg white and 2 eggs, and 3/4 cups flour. Beat 2 minutes. Stir in 1 1/4 cups flour to make a soft dough.
  6. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic about 10 minutes working in more flour while kneading. (Work through the pain!!!)
  7. Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl, turning dough over to grease top. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. (about an hour)
  8. Punch down dough, turn onto floured surface. Cover with bowl and let rise 15 minutes. Grease large cookie sheet.
  9. Cut 2/3 dough into 3 equal pieces. On floured surface, with wet hands, roll each piece into a 13-inch rope. Place ropes side by side and loosely braid.
  10. For top part of loaf, cut remaining piece of dough into 3 equal pieces and roll into a 14 inch long rope. Braid as before, but smaller than the last.
  11. Place smaller braid on top of first one, stretching if necessary.
  12. Seal ends and place on greased cookie sheet.
  13. Cover with damp cloth again and let rise until doubled. (about 45 minutes)
  14. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  15. in a small bowl, beat egg yolk and 2 Tbsp. water. Brush the loaf with egg yolk and sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.
  16. Bake 30 minutes or until loaf is golden.
  17. Cool on wire rack.

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About Braided Egg Bread (Challah)

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Jewish

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