Challah is a braided bread, eaten by Jewish families on the Sabbath and other special holidays.
According to custom, two loaves are baked and eaten, representing the Biblical manna which fell from heaven during the time the Israelites wandered the desert after their Exodus from Egypt.
The bread is soft with just a hint of sweetness. Raisins, poppy or sesame seeds can be added on top for extra flavor.
CHALLAH (JEWISH BREAD)
- about ¾ cup warm water
- 1 tbsp yeast
- ¼ cup sugar + 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ tbsp salt
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- Allow 1 tbsp sugar , warm water, and yeast, let sit for 5 min
- Whisk in oil + 2.5 eggs (leave some to brush at the end) + sugar + salt
- Gradually add flour, mix and form dough
- Cover and let rise until double in size, about 1hr
- Punch & cover for another half-hour
- Preheat oven to 375° F and grease baking sheet
- On floured surface form 3 equal snakes and braid them
- Place loaf on sheet, brush egg onto surface, bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown
This recipe was halved from the original, so measurements may not be exact. Original recipe may be found here.