Easy Sweet Challah Recipe

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Gregory Published: January 7, 2021 Modified: July 28, 2021

Challah is a braided bread that’s usually present during Shabbat and major Jewish holidays. In Biblical Hebrew, it means a kind of loaf or cake. Our sweet challah recipe serves a stunning and delicious classic bread with a soft interior and slightly sweet taste. This is just one of the popular Jewish recipes you can make!

How To Make Easy Sweet Challah

Serve a sweet, delightful bread for the holiday with this easy challah recipe. This braided, perfectly golden loaf is sprinkled with poppy seeds.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Rest Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 2cupswater
  • ½cupmargarine
  • 7cupsbread flour,divided
  • ¼cupwhite sugar
  • ¼cupbrown sugar
  • ¾ozactive dry yeast,(3 packages)
  • 1tbspsalt
  • 4eggs,plus 1 beaten egg
  • 1tbsppoppy seeds

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine water and margarine in a small saucepan. Heat until margarine is melted and very warm, but not boiling.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together 3 cups flour, white sugar, brown sugar, yeast, and salt. Add water and margarine mixture; beat well.

  3. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, beating well after each addition.

  4. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes until smooth and elastic.

  5. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in volume.

  6. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into six equal pieces and form into long ‘ropes’. Braid the pieces together to form two large loaves.

  7. Place the loaves on two lightly greased cookie sheets, cover the loaves with a damp cloth, and let rise for about 40 minutes until doubled in volume.

  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  9. Brush the risen loaves with the beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 247.88kcal
  • Fat: 6.40g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.27g
  • Trans Fat: 0.84g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.63g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.00g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.72g
  • Fiber: 1.52g
  • Sugar: 4.45g
  • Protein: 7.34g
  • Cholesterol: 31.99mg
  • Sodium: 213.17mg
  • Calcium: 21.16mg
  • Potassium: 76.64mg
  • Iron: 2.35mg
  • Vitamin A: 13.76µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.01mg
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