Foolproof Challah Bread Recipe

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Andrea Published: March 20, 2020 Modified: June 14, 2021
Foolproof Challah Bread Recipe

Challah bread is delicious, and this recipe is absolutely foolproof. Whether you’re into Jewish recipes or just trying to find the best type of bread to make French toast with, this one is delicious!

How To Make Foolproof Challah Bread

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 5 eggs
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. First make the dough by combining the kosher salt with the flour until it is well incorporated, sifting over a flat surface to remove any lumps. Set aside afterward.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the active dry yeast, sugar, and water. Make sure that the water is at least lukewarm in order to keep the yeast alive.
  4. Let the yeast mixture stand for five minutes until it becomes frothy and activated. You should see a bubbling mass of yeast on the top surface.
  5. Next, add the olive oil and eggs to the yeast mixture and set it aside.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dough and stir it until the ingredients are well-combined.
  7. Knead the dough for five minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic in texture.
  8. After kneading the dough, set it aside and let it rest for an hour until doubles in size.
  9. On a floured surface, separate the dough into two balls, then divide both of them into six strands.
  10. Braid or weave the strands using a traditional six-stranded braid, taking in the ends and brushing them with water to keep the braid from unraveling.
  11. Bake the loaves together in the oven for an hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the bread turns golden brown.
  12. Once your bread is done baking, serve it and enjoy!

How To Make Foolproof Challah Bread

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 30 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 8 cups flour
  • 2 packets active dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 5 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. First make the dough by combining the kosher salt with the flour until it is well incorporated, sifting over a flat surface to remove any lumps. Set aside afterward.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the active dry yeast, sugar, and water. Make sure that the water is at least lukewarm in order to keep the yeast alive.

  4. Let the yeast mixture stand for five minutes until it becomes frothy and activated. You should see a bubbling mass of yeast on the top surface.

  5. Next, add the olive oil and eggs to the yeast mixture and set it aside.

  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dough and stir it until the ingredients are well-combined.

  7. Knead the dough for five minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic in texture.

  8. After kneading the dough, set it aside and let it rest for an hour until doubles in size.

  9. On a floured surface, separate the dough into two balls, then divide both of them into six strands.

  10. Braid or weave the strands using a traditional six-stranded braid, taking in the ends and brushing them with water to keep the braid from unraveling.

  11. Bake the loaves together in the oven for an hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the bread turns golden brown.

  12. Once your bread is done baking, serve it and enjoy!

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