So I have to admit, this was my first time making Challah Bread! I mentioned in my post a couple weeks ago that I wanted to include some of my favorite recipes and go-to’s that aren’t mine and have some reviews. I didn’t plan on blogging this at all but I made it and fell in love. It is beautiful, fun to make, and yummy. It’s not the easy 5 minute french bread recipe but it is most likely like every recipe where once you make it once- you can make it quick in a second. It’s a good recipe for guests and to impress since it really is gorgeous.
I’m so excited to make it again and tweek it each time to have fun with it. I had a lot of success with this recipe though so I’m going to stick with this as my base recipe. I’ve seen some fun ones out there on pinterest where they add cheese and different seasonings. If you’re wanting a basic recipe with none of the fancy stuff- this is it. The braid is fancy enough on it’s own, right? Tried and true, I really love it.
This was before it rose. The recipe says that I was supposed to let it rise for a lot longer but I didn’t have the time- in my opinion, mine looks better than the one on the website…. so I don’t think I’ll sweat if I don’t let it rise next time.
I keep forgetting to snap a picture of Calvin whenever we make bread. We make it quite often because we all love it. We don’t even buy bread. Why buy when you can literally make bread in 5 minutes? Well, maybe not Challah but you get the point. Calvin loves to eat the dough (Gross- I know) and slap it while I knead. Good lil’ helper.
I knew I wanted to make this bread and I found a recipe for it on The Kitchn and I always trust them so I stuck with that. You can usually trust everything you find on The Kitchn in my experience. Here is theirs if you’d like to take a look- The Kitchn- Challah Bread
I’ve included the recipe below with some simplified instructions.
Yields: 1 big loaf
- 2 tsp yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg yolk, reserve the white for the egg wash
- 1/4 cup oil
- Proof your yeast by adding the warm water and yeast. Add a teaspoon or so of sugar to the mixture and let it proof for 10 minutes. Remember, if you do not have the foamy yeast mixture by 10 minutes, your yeast is most likely bad.
- Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
- Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add eggs, egg yolk, oil, and yeast mixture and slowly mix them in to form a shaggy dough.
- Knead for 6 to 8 minutes. It is finished kneading when it is soft, smooth, and holds a ball shape.
- Now let it rise in a warm environment until doubled. (I always preheat my oven to 170, turn it off, and then let it rise in there for quicker results.) I let mine rise for an hour.
- Pour out dough and separate into 6 equal pieces for braiding. I used a youtube tutorial online since I’m a visual person. Pretty easy once you see it!
- Let it rise again once braided. Anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.
- Mix your egg white with a tablespoon of cold water and brush it on the challah and in all the cracks.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
So pretty right? I’ve just been in the mood to make pretty food lately. Anyway, impress everyone with this beautiful challah bread the next time you have someone over for dinner. I’ll be sharing my 1 hour french bread that I make ALL the time in the next couple weeks so look out for it! I might even remember to get a picture of Calvin helping me punch and slap the dough 🙂
Marinn & Calvin