Course: Bread
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: Challa
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rise time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 2594kcal
This slightly-sweet bread is amazing for french toast, bread pudding, and other uses!
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  • 1 ½ tablespoons active dry yeast 3 packages
  • 1 tablespoon plus ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil more for greasing bowl
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 to 8 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Poppy or sesame seeds for sprinkling optional


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar into 1¾ cups lukewarm water. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, or until yeast is very foamy.
  • Whisk 4 of the eggs together in a small bowl. Slowly whisk the oil into the yeast, then the sugar, and then add the beaten eggs.
  • With the dough hook fitted to the mixer, set the speed on low, and begin adding the flour, ½ cup at a time, waiting for each addition to be incorporated before adding more. Keep adding flour until dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl and is slightly sticky.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Oil inside of the bowl and return the dough to the bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Punch the dough down and allow to rise for 30 minutes more.
  • Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and divide it into two pieces. Divide one of the balls into four equal pieces and roll each one into a rope about 16"-18" long.
  • Follow the instructions in the image below to braid the dough, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Repeat with the second ball of dough. Make sure there is at least 2" between the loaves.
  • Whisk the remaining egg in a small bowl with 1-2 tablespoons of water. Brush this egg wash over the two loaves using a pastry brush, and making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
  • Place the bread in a warm place and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°
  • Brush the bread with remaining egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds if desired.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes.
  • After removing from the oven cool on a wire rack.



Sodium: 3657mg | Calcium: 144mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 594IU | Sugar: 8g | Fiber: 15g | Potassium: 750mg | Cholesterol: 409mg | Calories: 2594kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 49g | Fat: 70g | Protein: 70g | Carbohydrates: 413g | Iron: 27mg