• Great Bread Machine Challah

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    Servings: 4 Challah
    by Chani Zarchi
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    The best bread machine challah recipe. A winner every time!


    • 1 1/2 c water
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 5 egg yolks
    • 1/3 c oil
    • 4 1/2 c flour
    • 1/2 c sugar
    • 1 tbsp. yeast


    1. Add all ingredients to bread machine in order written above.
    2. Set to dough cycle
    3. When machine beeps, take out dough and separate into twelve even balls
    4. Make ropes with each ball of dough and braid three together to make challah. Use flour on hands as needed
    5. Yields 4 challahs
    6. Let rise 1 hour
    7. Brush with beaten egg and sesame or poppy seeds if desired.
    8. Bake at 350 for half an hour or until golden
    9. Try not to burn your tongue as you eat the hot challah

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    • Anne Kruse
      Anne Kruse
      Challah is a great bread. However, I think this recipe has some mistypes. 1/2 cup of sugar is just a bit too much, the bread wont rise properly with this much didn't rise at all until I put it in the oven to cook.
      Make sure the water is warm (105 to 115 degrees F)
      You could also try using 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
      Instead of 1/3 cup oil use 1/4 cup vegetable oil
      Try using 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup sugar instead of 1/2 cup.
      I have tried three different challah recipes and the one that turned out the best was using these amounts.
      I didnt seperate it into 4 challahs either, I just made one large challah.


      • Renah Marquez
        Renah Marquez
        Chani, I only have a 1 lb. bread machine, which has a "manual" option on it. I don't think all that flour n' eggs will fit! :) Do you have an alternate recipe? or how should I downsize it? Thanks
        • Chani Zarchi
          Chani Zarchi
          I bought a 2lb. machine from Macy's. Don't worry about all the extra features as I find that I only really use it to make the dough itself, which comes out amazing.

        • Mihir Shah
          Mihir Shah
          This looks like a perfect recipe to make with my daughter. Any recommendation on a bread maker - I need to buy one. Thanks!

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