Challah

Challah
Staff Writer
Challah
William Greenburg Desserts

Challah

This challah recipe comes from Carol Becker at William Greenberg Desserts in New York City. Challah is an iconic Jewish bakery item, but is loved by everyone. Because it’s a little bit sweet, leftover challah makes delicious French toast, but works equally as well as a sandwich bread.

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4
Servings
430
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ Teaspoon sugar
  • ⅓ Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1½ Teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine half the warm water and 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle the yeast into the water. Let stand until the mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes.

Sift 2¾ cups of flour into the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. Make a deep well in the center of the flour. In the well, put yeast mixture, remaining ¼ cup of water, ½ teaspoon sugar, eggs, oil, honey, and salt. Mix on medium speed until a soft, sticky dough forms. Add extra flour as needed until dough is no longer sticky.

Grease a large bowl. Add dough and turn to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch down. Cover and let rise again until doubled.

Punch down the dough again and turn out onto a floured surface. Form into a rectangle. Roll the dough jelly roll style. Cut into three equal pieces. Braid the three pieces together. Put on a greased baking sheet and cover with the damp towel. Let rise another hour.

Preheat oven to 375. Brush the challah with beaten egg and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 and bake about 25 minutes more, until golden.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
14g
20%
Sugar
8g
9%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
65g
50%
Protein
10g
22%
Vitamin A, RAE
3µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Calcium, Ca
92mg
9%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
63µg
16%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
71mg
22%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
221mg
32%
Selenium, Se
15µg
27%
Sodium, Na
837mg
56%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
69g
3%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Challah Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Challah Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.