Challah Bread


Challah bread is a traditional egg bread for the Jewish Sabbath. It's braided and topped with poppy seeds for a beautiful presentation.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
2 braided loaves


  • 2 ½ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • ½ cup honey

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 eggs, divided

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (Optional)


  1. Pour warm water into a large bowl; sprinkle yeast over water. Let stand until yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 5 minutes.

  2. Beat in honey, oil, 2 eggs, and salt. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition until dough has pulled together; turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a large, lightly-oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Punch down dough and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half and knead each half for 5 minutes or so, adding flour as needed to keep it from getting sticky. Divide each half into thirds and roll into a long snake about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Pinch the ends of the three snakes together firmly and braid from middle. Either leave as a braid or form into a round braided loaf by bringing ends together, curving the braid into a circle, and pinching ends together. Grease two baking trays and place the finished braid or round on each. Cover with a towel and let rise for about 1 hour.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Beat the remaining egg and brush a generous amount over each braid; sprinkle with poppy seeds.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least one hour before slicing.


Try adding 1 cup of raisins or golden raisins to the dough before shaping the loaves into round braids for Rosh Hashanah.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

165 Calories
3g Fat
30g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 165
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 241mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 56mg 1%

* 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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