Recipe Details

Challah Bread

  • Servings: 24
  • Ready In 4 hours
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. yeast
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar, honey, salt, and water. After all the ingredients have dissolved, add the milk. Heat until all is fairly warm, no more than 110*F. Pour this into mixer. Add the flour, eggs, and yeast. Mix for about 8 minutes on low.


Transfer dough to buttered bowl. (I use non-stick cooking spray.) Cover bowl with plastic wrap and hand towel. Let rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled.
Deflate, cover as before and let rise 45 min.-1 hr.


Spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. Cut dough in half. Divide each half into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into about 18" pieces. Braid, just as you would for a hair braid. I start at the middle to the end, then turn around and go from the middle to the other end. Tuck in ends. Place each on baking sheet and cover with towel. Let rise 40 min.

Preheat oven to 375*. Just before baking, I usually brush the dough with an egg wash. Just take an egg, stir well with a fork, then brush on braided dough. This step is not necessary, but gives the bread a lovely, glossy sheen, and the crust a better texture. Bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how you like your bread. My family likes ours ever-so-slightly doughy on the inside, so I bake it for the lesser time. If needed, cover the bread with foil, shiny side up, about halfway through cooking, so the crust doesn't get overcooked.

We usually break off pieces by hand, but it can be sliced, also. Share second loaf with another family or friend, or slice it and use it for the best French Toast you'll ever taste.

Nutritional Facts

  • Serving Size 1 Serving (82g)
    Servings Per Recipe: 24
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 228
    Calories From Fat 55
  • % Daily Value
  • Total Fat 6g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 81g
  • Sodium 56g
  • Total Carbohydrate 36g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 34g
  • Protein 7g