Sweet Challah Bread

    3 hours 30 minutes

    This Challah bread is a bit sweeter than normal. The doughier you want the bread to be, the shorter time you should bake it.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
    • 1/3 cup (65g) white sugar
    • 2 cups (500ml) warm water
    • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
    • 4 eggs
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 cup (200g) white sugar
    • 6 cups (750g) plain flour, or as needed
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon water

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:2hours rising  ›  Ready in:3hours30min 

    1. Mix the yeast, 1/3 cup of sugar and warm water together in a large bowl, stir to dissolve the sugar and let the mixture stand until a creamy layer forms on top, about 5 minutes. Stir in 3 cups of flour to make a loose sponge.
    2. In a separate bowl, beat 4 eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 cup of sugar together then stir the egg mixture into the yeast-flour mixture until well combined. Continue mixing in flour 1 cup at a time up to 9 total cups. Dough should be slightly sticky, but not so wet that it leaves dough stuck to your hands.
    3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes to develop gluten. Form the dough into a compact round shape and place in an oiled bowl. Turn the dough over several times in the bowl to oil the surface of the dough, cover the bowl with a cloth and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough and knead for another 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
    4. Grease baking trays or line with baking paper. To make egg glaze, whisk together 1 egg, 1 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl then refrigerate until needed.
    5. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and cut each piece into 3 smaller pieces for a 3-strand braided loaf. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 3cm long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 3 ropes together at the top and braid them. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the middle strand (that strand becomes the new middle strand.) Take the strand farthest to the left and move it over the new middle strand. Continue braiding alternating sides each time until the loaf is braided, then pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look. Place the loaves onto the prepared baking trays and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes. Brush a coating of egg glaze onto the tops of the bread and reserve the remaining glaze.
    6. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    7. Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and brush another coating of glaze onto the bread. Return to the oven and bake until the tops are shiny and golden brown, 5 to 10 more minutes. Let cool before cutting.

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    Amazing! ... If you like the sweeter version of classic challah. After all, who doesn't like the sound of more sugar? But if I could change one thing, don't let it rise too long otherwise the bread will lose its shape and turn into a blob of dough.  -  03 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Tastes really good. I'm not very adept at braiding limp dough, so it looked odd. It does freeze well, though, so you could make it up ahead.  -  29 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Used a lot less flour, maybe 2 1/2 cups less, just couldn't work it all in. Delicious, sweet, fairly easy to make! Thanks for sharing!  -  31 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)