Amazing Fast Rise Challah Bread - One Small Loaf

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

You can make a challah in under 2 hours using quick rise yeast. This recipe is for one small loaf of challah.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix warm water, oil and egg together into a stand mixer bowl. Mix, with kneading hook, until blended.
  2. Add salt, sugar, and yeast and flour ( small amount at a time). Mix with hook until a soft dough is formed. You may need to add a bit more warm water ( or more flour if needed). Check the dough, it should be soft and slightly sticky. It should easily form into a smooth ball. When the right consistency is reached, knead with hook for 6 minutes.
  3. Take dough ball out and place into oiled bowl-turn it over so that the oil in on all sides. Cover with saran wrap and let rise until doubled ( about 30 minutes or more).
  4. Punch down dough and divide into thirds. Roll each piece into a strand . Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place all three strands onto sheet and braid. Cover with saran wrap and let rise again until doubled ( about 30 minutes or more). In the mean time preheat oven to 375°F.
  5. Brush top of braid with beaten egg yolk and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Most Helpful

5 5

This bread came out very well. I wanted it for nice fat slices of french toast. Changed the ingredients slightly. Since I didn't care if it had dairy in it, I used warm milk instead of water and 2 TBS melted butter + 1 TBS oil. I often bake bread using the bread bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. As such, I found the mixing instructions in this recipe a bit odd. What I did was to first whisk the bread flour, sugar and yeast together in my mixer bowl. I warmed the milk, melted the butter and oil and added to the whisked dry mixture using a spatula and my dough hook. Salt inhibits yeast, so I let the dough rest in the bowl covered with plastic wrap for 20 minutes. Then I sprinkled the salt across the dough a few times kneading with dough hook in between. I let it rise in a bowl and then shaped it for a regular loaf pan. It fit perfectly. Let it rise again, brushed with yolk mixed with a little water and it was a lovely little loaf of bread! Not too sweet and just perfect. Made fabulous stuffed french toast with cornflake crumb crust! Will use this recipe again! Thanks!

4 5

This is a pretty good bread, though not as sweet and much smaller than my usual recipe.

5 5

Wonderful! It's only three of us at home the typical hallah recipe is too big. This was great, light bread. It was gone before lunch was over!