How to make it

  • Makes 3 loaves
  • Disolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and proof.
  • Combine sugar 2 cups water, oil and salt. Blend well.
  • Add 4 eggs and blend well.
  • Add 5 cups of flour and blend.
  • Add remaining flour one cup at a time until dough pulls together.
  • Knead adding flour if necessary until dough is elastic and pulls away from the bowl. This is best done in a heavy duty mixer, but can be done by hand.
  • Dough is kneaded when a golf ball size piece can be stretched without tearing.
  • Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled.
  • Punch down and knead by hand for another minute or two.
  • Divide into thirds and shape into loaves.
  • You may use bread pans or for a beautiful loaf, divide each of the three doughs into thirds and shape into ropes and braid.
  • Let rise until doubled.
  • Brush with egg wash (one beaten egg and a splash of water)
  • Sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds
  • Bake in 350 oven until thermometer inserted in center reads 205 and top is golden brown. Cover with foil if browning too fast.
  • Note: For holidays such as Hanukkah, many add raisins. This is done during kneading.

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  • Good4U 4 years ago
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  • impssweetp 7 years ago
    I just found you. What a gorgeous photo. I could just put my hand into the photo for a piece of this great bread. Great post.
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  • Kimskitchen 8 years ago
    I agree. Nothing makes french toast like Challah bread. Great recipe.
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    " It was excellent "
    pointsevenout ate it and said...
    I need to work on my "rolling out the ropes" technique. The loaves came out well nonetheless. I am amazed at the amount of oven spring from these loaves, and your refrigerator rolls had great oven spring too.
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  • dorine 8 years ago
    I just tried this recipe-it was absolutely fantastic. I substituted milk for the 2 cups of water and melted butter for the oil. We made French toast w/strawberries,blueberries & whipped cream w/cream cheese. A great breakfast on this very snowy day.
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  • shandy 10 years ago
    This bread recipe sounds wonderful and I am going to have to give it a try! Thank you for sharing =D
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    " It was excellent "
    cooper ate it and said...
    This is an incredible bread. The texture is very smooth due to the richness of the eggs. I made one loaf with the cinnamon that Borinda suggested and the others by the recipe. This is definitely a keeper recipe.
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  • borinda 10 years ago
    Or, add a bit of cinnamon. Then you make the best French toast in the world!

    Happy Hanukah, one and all.
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