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Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, everyone can enjoy Challah this holiday season
Homemade Challah (No Knead)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

This easy Homemade Challah is a special Jewish bread, rich and slightly sweet, braided and golden, and it will be the star of your holiday celebrations.

Servings: 1 large loaf
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (8oz/240g) milk
  • 2 teaspoons dried instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup (2 ½ oz/75g) honey
  • ½ cup (4oz/120g) butter, melted
  • 3 ½ cups (18½ oz/525g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg lightly beaten for wash
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, yeast and salt. Be sure to mix the yeast and salt on separate sides of the bowl to ensure the salt does not deactivate the yeast. Set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, honey and butter. Pop in the microwave and gently heat for a few seconds until the mix is lukewarm.
  3. Temper the eggs by adding a bit of the warm butter mixture and whisking quickly. This will bring the eggs up to temperature and ensure they will not scramble. Quickly whisk the tempered eggs into the rest of the warm butter mixture until combined.
  4. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until it forms a dough and all the flour is mixed in. It only takes a minute to mix the dough together. Don't be tempted to over mix.
  5. Cover with cling wrap and allow to rest at room temperature until the dough rises for a minimum of 4 hours. After the 4 hours you can place it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  6. Once the dough has risen for a minimum of 4 hours gently scoop out of the bowl onto a floured surface. Using a knife or dough cutter separate the dough into 3 even parts and gently roll into ropes about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  7. Pinch the 3 ropes together at the top and and braid/plait. Pinch the end of the braid together.
  8. Next line a baking sheet with parchment and place the challah in the middle. Cover the challah loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise a second time for about an hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180oC). Whisk 1 egg with a tablespoon of water and brush it all over the challah.
  10. Place the challah in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking.
  11. Remove the finished challah from the oven and let it cool on a cooling rack. Slice and enjoy. Wrap tightly in plastic and store at room temperature for 5 days.
  12. * This dough can be divided to make 2 smaller loaves.
Recipe Notes

If you are not using an instant yeast, then sponge it, in the warm milk, for 5 minutes before adding to the dry ingredients.
You can make this bread without eggs, but it will not be a rich dough.
Use milk in place of the egg wash.