Challah Recipes

Want to try braiding and baking traditional challah? You'll find top-rated challah recipes and baking tips right here.

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Challah I

Rating: 4.5 stars 816
Traditional egg bread for the Jewish Sabbath. You can add 1 cup raisins or golden raisins to the dough just before shaping and then make the loafs into round braids for Rosh Hashanah.

Miriam's Not-So-Secret Challah

Rating: 5 stars 170
A surprisingly sweet, yet light, challah that makes any night special. Feel free to knead some raisins into the dough if you like.
By MIRIAM571

Sy's Challah

Rating: 4.5 stars 125
Virtually fail-proof recipe designed for ease of preparation and maximum flavor. NOT sweet, but may be sweetened by using 1/2 cup sugar instead of 1/4 cup.

Bread Machine Challah I

Rating: 4.5 stars 439
Easy recipe for challah or egg bread using a bread machine. I use the light setting on my bread machine.

Shabbat Challah

Rating: 4.5 stars 117
My Shabbat Challah is something out of this world. I made it up on my own, because the ones I tasted, I just didn't like. Try it you will love it!! This can make 6 regular sized loaves, or two large braided loaves.
By NUNU123182

Most Amazing Challah

Rating: 5 stars 133
I made up my own Challah that is amazing! I have tried countless combinations to finally get it right. It uses quick rise yeast to save you a bunch of time. Enjoy!

Everything Challah

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
Challah is traditionally eaten on the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbos). This is not your average challah recipe. It is a twist on my trusty old water challah recipe (which even water-challah-phobics have loved), and has some of the taste of an everything bagel. It's really something else. Enjoy! This challah freezes extremely well after baking, just defrost in a ziplock bag with the zipper open. I always freeze it, even what I bake on Thursday nights for use on Friday! It preserves the freshness so well.

Michell Jenny's Challah

Rating: 4.5 stars 97
This our family favorite. The recipe was a gift from my best friend.
By Ione Walker

Challah II

Rating: 4.5 stars 66
This recipe is a sweeter version of the classic challah. It was given to me by a friend.
By Rivka

High-Altitude Challah

Rating: 5 stars 24
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.

Bread Machine Challah II

Rating: 4.5 stars 242
Absolutely delicious. I have a two pound bread machine and use it to make the Challah dough. It freezes well.
By MARYLYN PISSERI

A Number One Egg Bread

Rating: 4.5 stars 235
This makes all other egg breads look weak. I learned the recipe from two older ladies in Hawaii. This makes the best bread pudding and french toast imaginable. Try cutting it in chunks and dipping it in fondue---WOW!
By Kevin Ryan
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How to Make Challah
This enriched dough, filled with butter, eggs, and a little sugar, takes time to rise. But it's actually easy to work with—so you can show off your braiding skills. Get tips for mixing and baking!
Challah I
Rating: Unrated 816
"This is by far my favorite Challah recipe. I use this recipe every week!" – Sophia
A Number One Egg Bread
Rating: 4.5 stars 234

This makes all other egg breads look weak. I learned the recipe from two older ladies in Hawaii. This makes the best bread pudding and french toast imaginable. Try cutting it in chunks and dipping it in fondue---WOW!