Kitchen Therapy

Challah Bread – Fresh From the Oven


This month’s Fresh From The Oven challenge was traditional Jewish Challah Bread!
It was hosted by Dom from Belleau Kitchen.

Below is the recipe, copied straight from Dom’s post.


Braided Challah Bread
1 sachet (or 7 grams) easy blend dried yeast
1tsp clear honey
8fl oz lukewarm milk
50g melted butter
16oz plain flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs lightly beaten – in separate bowls – one for the mix and one for glazing
Poppy seed or sesame seeds (optional)

Combine the yeast, honey, milk and butter, stir and leave for 15mins to dissolve
In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt.  Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture and one of the beaten eggs.  Stir to make a dough. (It will be very sticky and will definitely need extra flour for kneading)
Knead till smooth and elastic (a good 15 mins) then transfer to a clean bowl, cover and leave to prove for 1 1/2 hours.
Grease a baking sheet. Knock back the dough and divide into 3 equal pieces.  Roll to shape each piece into a long strip for plaiting. 

Lay 2 of the strips over the third to make a star shape and plait from the centre, tucking the ends under.  Do this on the baking sheet, then cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 30 mins. 

Brush with egg and bake in a hot oven at 190 for 35 – 40 mins or until golden and sounds hollow if you tap it.

I’ve never  had Challah Bread before and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to make!
Dom’s instructions were great and, for what felt like very little effort, I managed to turn out this baby…

The kids came home from school and wanted to know what the great smell was?
I showed them the bread and told them excitedly “I made it! Cool, huh?”
They just rolled their eyes, patted me on the back and said “Sure you did mum…”
And then happily loaded the slices of hot fresh bread with butter and jam!

I glowed with satisfaction the entire weekend! Plaited challah bread! Thanks Dom!


15 thoughts on “Challah Bread – Fresh From the Oven

  1. There is just nothing like the smell of dough rising and then baking in the oven. Not to mention the taste! Your bread looks fantastic. I haven’t made bread in the longest time, but this post just makes me want to make some soon!

  2. The only problem is you keep eating and eating!
    Nothing like fresh bread!

  3. Great braided bread! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. Looks yummy! I bet your house smelt great! I love the smell of homemade bread!!

  5. Yum! that looks great. I think I’ll have to give it a try.

  6. Hi Sanya, I just posted the recipe for coconut drop cookies – took me a while to get this done. You can see it here:

  7. Looks utterly amazing!

  8. This looks so good…I can almost smell it! I love homemade bread…Thanks for sharing!

  9. Terrific blaiding. Thanks for taking part this month.

  10. Feeding children with warm bread that you have baked yourself when they come home from school has got to be one of the most satisfying things imaginable. Looks a lovely texture.

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