Most Amazing Challah

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I made up my own challah recipe which is amazing! I have tried countless combinations to finally get it right and this is the best challah bread recipe I have made. It uses quick-rise yeast to save you a bunch of time.

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Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
4 loaves

Ingredients

  • 4 (.25 ounce) packages quick-rise yeast

  • 4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 1 cup pareve margarine, melted

  • 4 eggs

  • 12 cups bread flour, or as needed

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup sesame seeds, divided

Directions

  1. Sprinkle yeast over water in a large bowl and stir gently to moisten yeast. Stir in salt, sugar, margarine, and 4 eggs; beat well. Gradually mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, up to 12 cups, until dough becomes slightly tacky but not wet. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Grease baking sheets, or line them with parchment paper and set aside.

  3. Cut dough into four equal-sized pieces (or 2 pieces to make 2 large loaves). Cut each piece into thirds for 3-strand braided loaves. Working on a floured surface, roll small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 3 ropes together at the top and braid them. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the middle strand (that strand becomes the new middle strand.) Take the strand farthest to the left, and move it over the new middle strand. Continue braiding, alternating sides each time, until loaf is braided; pinch ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look. Repeat for remaining loaves.

  4. Place loaves onto the prepared baking sheets; let rise until double in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk 1 egg with vanilla extract in a small bowl; brush loaves with egg wash. Sprinkle each loaf with about 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until tops are shiny and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

274 Calories
8g Fat
43g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 515mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 88mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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