Made with quick-rise yeast, this is a sweeter, richer challah that lends itself especially well to Rosh Hashanah or other holiday uses. It is quicker and easier than a standard double-rise recipe, so it's great for those afternoons when you're in a challah of a hurry. Challah was meant to be torn and not sliced. B'tayevon!

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, blend together warm water, melted margarine, sugar, and 3 beaten eggs

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  • In a large bowl, mix together yeast, salt, and 7 cups of the flour. Gradually stir in liquid ingredients, and mix until dough holds together.

  • Knead dough on a floured surface with remaining flour until smooth.

  • Split the dough into 2 large pieces. Split the 2 large pieces into 3 pieces each. Roll each third into a rope 3/4 inch thick and braid 3 strands together. Repeat. Place shaped dough onto greased cookie sheets. Brush dough with remaining beaten egg. Add poppy or sesame seeds, if desired. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

  • Bake in a preheated 325 degree F(165 degrees C) oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

90.5 calories; 1.3 g protein; 5.6 g carbohydrates; 24.8 mg cholesterol; 157.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (22)

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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
a delicious easy to make bread. Very adaptable to various additions of ingredients for variety as well!!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/12/2003
This bread took much longer than 2 hours to rise and 20-30 minutes to cook. I let it rise for almost 4 hours before it doubled & baked for 30-35 minutes for complete doneness Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
a delicious easy to make bread. Very adaptable to various additions of ingredients for variety as well!!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/11/2003
This bread took much longer than 2 hours to rise and 20-30 minutes to cook. I let it rise for almost 4 hours before it doubled & baked for 30-35 minutes for complete doneness Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2003
a delicious easy to make bread. Very adaptable to various additions of ingredients for variety as well!!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/29/2003
NO WHERE AS GOOD AS TRADITIONAL CHALLAH Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2003
According to my brother-in-law it's EXCELLENT!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2005
This was awesome! Sorry to say but if it doesn't turn out you need to look at what you did. One person wrote that it was better than traditional Challah but since I have never had Challah this was excellent! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2003
I put this together in the morning and by noon it had almost tripled in size. The loaves lacked some flavor but my family was still happy. Very easy. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/23/2007
This challah tasted of flour and nothing else. I made it according to directions and it was heavy and dull. Next Shabbos I will be organized and make it properly! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2009
So as always I changed around this recipe and made it match the ingredients I had in the house. I used a quick rise yeast for the first time making Challah and a mixture of fine ground whole wheat (5cups) and spelt (2cups) flour. I never have white flour in the house. I also used honey instead of sugar it being Rosh HaShannah and had the intention of putting raisons and cinnamon init but forgt so put raisons on top of a egg/honey glaze. It wasn't as sweet as most rosh HaShonah loaves (thank goodness) and turned out fluffy and yummy and very very challahly. Yay!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2009
This is my first time making bread and I absolutely love it. I cut down on the measurements. I don't want to much left over but it's so easy to make and tastes so good. and I am going to use some for french toast for breakfast. Read More
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