Jewish - Old Family Secret Recipe - Challah

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Total Time
52mins
Prep 2 mins
Cook 50 mins

braided bread Note: 1/8 tsp. saffron can be dissolved in water for flavor & color.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 ounce yeast (1 packet)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 14 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 12 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons poppy seeds

Directions

  1. Combine yeast, sugar, 1/4 cup water & let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Sift flour & salt into bowl.
  3. Make a well in center and drop yeast mixture inches.
  4. Work it into the flour.
  5. Knead on floured surface until smooth & elastic.
  6. Place in bowl.
  7. Brush oil on top.
  8. Cover with towel & let rise 1 hour.
  9. Punch down, cover & let rise until it doubles.
  10. Divide into 3 parts.
  11. Cover hands with flour and braid.
  12. Cover & let rise in pan until double.
  13. Brush with egg yolk & sprinkle with seeds.
  14. Bake 375 degrees for 50 minutes.
Most Helpful

This is the a very similar recipe that I have used many times...It is from the "Th Art of Jewish Cooking"by Jennie Grossinger of the famous Grossingers Hotel in the Catskills New York. I have made the dough in the bread machine with great results.