I make this challah for my family and family gatherings in Colorado, and it turns out beautifully each time. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does! If you'd like, sprinkle poppy or sesame seeds before baking, but we never do.

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the warm water, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and the yeast in a measuring cup. Let stand until the yeast dissolves and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes.

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  • In a large bowl, beat 2 eggs. Put the egg yolks in a measuring cup and add enough milk to equal 1/3 cup with the yolks in it. Pour this in with the eggs and then stir in the yeast mixture, butter, salt and remaining sugar. Gradually mix in the flour until the dough is firm enough to handle. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the dough does not stick to your hands. You will probably use more flour while kneading. Place the dough into an oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Cut the dough into 3 or 4 even portions and roll into long ropes. Braid and tuck the ends under. Place the loaf on a baking sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place to rise. Bread is ready to bake when your finger leaves an impression in the dough.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk the remaining egg in a cup with a fork. Brush onto the loaf. This will give the bread a lovely golden color and delicious crust.

  • Bake until the loaf is golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 35 minutes. Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

181.1 calories; 5.5 g protein; 27.3 g carbohydrates; 78.2 mg cholesterol; 291.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2010
Fabulous reliable can be made with oil instead of butter for those keeping kosher. I have a sea-level recipe that is not nearly as good...planning to try to adapt this one to sea level this week! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2010
Fabulous reliable can be made with oil instead of butter for those keeping kosher. I have a sea-level recipe that is not nearly as good...planning to try to adapt this one to sea level this week! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2010
Fabulous reliable can be made with oil instead of butter for those keeping kosher. I have a sea-level recipe that is not nearly as good...planning to try to adapt this one to sea level this week! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2010
I live at 7500 feet this bread turns out beautifully. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2008
Great recipe. It only took 20 minutes to bake. I am sure this is because of my low altitude. Looks and tastes great. I am glad I found it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2014
This recipe uses a ton of eggs compared to other challah recipes and I love it for that. 45 minutes seems to be the right time for the second rise - one batch I rose for 1 hour 15 minutes and that was too much - it flattened out a little when baking. We live in New Mexico so we have an obligation to put green chiles in literally everything - I put 7 extra-hot chiles diced right into the dough before kneading and it came out unbelievably delicious and the whole house smelled like chile. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2012
Love this bread family loves it! Made 4 loaves this weekend kept one at home and took 3 to a church potluck. There's not even one slice left. Just a note... I use the leftover egg whites from the separated eggs to brush on the loaf before baking works great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2013
I have used this recipe for a couple of weeks and it is wonderful! I live in Colorado so it helps that you live here also! The only thing I change is how much flower I use I only use 3 cups. When I use an extra half it gets a little to dry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2011
Delicious! I live at 9500ft this recipe turned out great! I can't stop eating it. Fast and easy too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2015
Great recipe and easy. Don't think twice about using 2 packs of yeast. The result is tasty bread with a wonderful yeasty aroma. I live at 3600 feet and this is now my go-to bread recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2019
This bread was excellnt as I also live in Colorado. The only thing i did different was i used THC infused Coconut oil. It came out perfect. I saved this recipe & will ise it often. Thanks Read More