Everybody Loves Challah

28 Dec

Homemade Challah Bread

I have a lot of Jewish friends.  One of the best things about Friday night dinner at their houses is the opportunity to enjoy the freshly baked special bread, Challah.  I was invited for a potluck dinner and decided to make this delicious bread.

It would have been easier to visit a neighbourhood bakery but I own a breadmaker which helps me to have the old-fashioned goodness of homemade breads with half the effort.

Challah is wonderful in sandwiches with roast beef or corned beef and you make make a scrumptious French Toast the following day if you have any leftovers.

Homemade Challah Bread (Breadmakers Recipe)


  1. ¾ cup water
  2. 1 egg, beaten
  3. 3 tbsp canola oil
  4. 3 tbsp sugar
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 2 ½ cup white flour
  7. 1 ¼ tsp yeast


  1. 1 egg yolk
  2. 1 tbsp water


  • Measure first 7 ingredients in the order listed into a baking pan in your breadmaker.
  • When cycle is complete, remove dough from the machine to a lightly floured surface. 
  • Divide dough into 3 equal portions and roll by hand into long smooth strips.
  • Braid the 3 dough strips and place it on lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until double in volume.
  • Beat egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water and brush over challah.
  • Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.


14 Responses to “Everybody Loves Challah”

  1. apuginthekitchen December 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    Lovely loaf, I too love Challah. Is the yeast regular active dry or is it instant? I ask because the measurement changes depending on the type of yeast. Thanks so much.

    • The Kat and The Falling Leaves December 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      Good question! I used Fleishchmann’s brand,Yeast for Bread Machine. It’s available in almost every grocery in Toronto.

      • apuginthekitchen December 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

        I use fleischmanns also, usually if you use instant yeast you cut the amount in half. I have always wanted to try challah but thought it would be too difficult, your recipe sounds really easy to make.

      • The Kat and The Falling Leaves January 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

        Sorry for the delayed response, was hard to navigate the WP app on my phone.
        I didn’t know the instant yeast trick, will try it next time. The breadmaker helps a lot 🙂

  2. Winslie Gomez December 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I am compelled by my nose to agree with you. The smell is just overwhelming!
    Despite zionism, judaism or any other ism Humanity needs to rise above everything and embrace all that is humanly possible to be excellent.
    Thanking you for sharing the food for the soul

  3. My French Heaven December 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Wow! This looks delicious!!

  4. brad young's art December 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Challah bread is amazing!! Even better homemade!

  5. Esenga' s Voice December 29, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    Must admit it is very….motivating, especially before breakfast 🙂 Looks yummy and I am sure also tastes that way!

  6. soscookingadventures January 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Very impressed! I’ve always thought it was so difficult to make… I will have to add it to my list of recipes!

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