Challah Bread for the Bread Machine

Challah Bread for the Bread Machine


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Braided challah looks very impressive but isn't hard to make. Try different toppings with this recipe such as sesame seeds, dried onion flakes, granulated garlic, sea salt or flax seeds.


Serves: 14 

  • 1 cup (250ml) warm water
  • 1/4 cup (65ml) olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups (250g) white spelt flour
  • 2 cups (250g) whole grain spelt flour
  • 4 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1 (7g) envelope dry yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:1hour rising  ›  Ready in:2hours5min 

  1. Add the water, olive oil and eggs into a bread machine pan. Add salt, sugar, spelt flours, xanthan gum and yeast. Set bread machine to dough cycle. Check on the dough as it is mixing to ensure that it mixes well. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the pan if needed.
  2. When the dough has finished, remove and divide into 3 pieces. Shape each piece into an 45cm long rope. Braid the three ropes together, seal the tips together and fold under the loaf. Place the braided loaf onto a greased baking tray, cover with a soft cloth and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Brush the loaf with beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the challah has turned golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes.

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