Braided Challah Bread (Bread Machine)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Easy to do using your bread machine to make the dough. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds before baking to add more flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place ingredients into bread machine according to manufacturers directions.
  2. Set on dough cycle.
  3. Place dough onto a lightly floured board and divide into three equal parts.
  4. Stretch or roll each part into 9" ropes and braid.
  5. Place on greased cookie sheet, cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°.
  7. Mix together one egg yolk and a tablespoon of water and brush over bread, then sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds, if desired.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on wire rack.


Most Helpful

Marie, a very good recipe. I made it exactly as written, making it into 2 smaller loaves. It browned very nicely. Just a little hint for beginners: when braiding, start in the middle, braid to the end, then turn loaf and continue braiding to the other end. That makes a nicer, more even loaf. Thanks for posting...Janet

Jezski October 05, 2008

Fabulous recipe! I cant make enough of it. It never lasts long. I make two braided loaves and often give them away to neighbours and as hostess gifts. Everybody loves them! Thanks so much!

Meringue March 23, 2009

Let me just rate this recipe by saying ... I made this bread exactly as the recipe stated (but sprinkled a tiny bit of kosher salt and cracked black pepper on the top before baking). I took it out of the oven, pulled off one tiny delectable, mouth watering piece, left for a 2 hour meeting and came home and it was completely and totally gone. Not a single crumb was left. My husband claims the kids were the culprits, but I know that he had just as much to do with it as they did. Looks like another loaf is in the very near future!

Dine & Dish July 30, 2008

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