Challah for the Bread Machine

Total Time
3hrs 35mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 35 mins

This is a great recipe from Father Dominic's (on PBS) cookbook "Breaking Bread." Using the bread machine makes it really easy, and it is so beautiful it makes a thoughtful present for a sick friend or a welcome addition to a potluck.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add water, oil, 1 egg, vanilla, salt, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and yeast to bread machine. Select DOUGH/MANUAL cycle.
  2. When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly floured surface. If necessary, knead in enough flour to make dough easy to handle.
  3. Divide dough into three equal portions, and roll each piece to a 24" rope. Braid ropes together, tucking ends underneath, on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise one hour (or until doubled in size), in a warm, draft free area. (I put a baking dish of hot water in the very bottom of my oven and then lay the baking sheet with the dough on the middle rack and close the door.).
  4. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.
  5. Bake in preheated oven (375 degrees) for 30-35 minutes. (Check at 30!) Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Most Helpful

This is the best bread

Joe M. June 03, 2015

This was really good! First time making challah (third attempt at making bread in general). <br/>My bread machine didn't mix all the ingredients, though, and it still turned out really well.<br/>Very easy and tasted great.

recklessfire00 December 29, 2013

This was VERY easy to make and had a GREAT taste & texture. I've made it often with great results every time. Thanks for sharing.

LillyZackMom May 19, 2010