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Mirj, must tell you that this has become my go to recipe every Friday. I have made it using brown sugar and I've tried using honey though I do use less sweet than called for in the recipe. I do have to add quite a bit more flour after the cycle is done to make the dough workable. My trick for a beautiful brown challah is to bake for 10 minutes at 375 and then the next 20 min. at 350. Turns out beautiful every time. Last week I made chocolate meringues out of the left over egg whites. They were a hit also.

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KOSHER KOOK September 06, 2012

Wow! This was so good and really suprisingly easy. We buy challah bread whenever we can because I thought it would be too hard to make, but I was wrong! I did use regular white sugar because I wasn't sure if you use packed or loose brown sugar. TIP for the NOVICE BAKER LIKE ME :) The dough is very easy to work with and you don't need to put flour down on the surface to roll it out. Just take each strand in your hands and roll it between them like you would to make a play-doh "snake" - letting gravity do some of the work. Next time I might put some foil on top for part of the baking because we like a really light colored crust, but the bread does turn out really beautifully so don't feel that you have too. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe, Mirj!!!

Update: I made these again today - wonderful - but I added a cup less flour than it needed, so I kneaded about a cup into the dough after the bread machine cycle. Then I let it rise for about an hour in a slightly warm oven. I baked it at 350 for 20 minutes with the convection oven and it was To-Die-For!!! Thanks again!

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lolablitz August 11, 2011

This is great, thanks for the recipe, only thing I changed was I added 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten. It baked up great and looks pretty tastes good toooo !!!

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Whiskerkitty March 06, 2011

I make this all the time. It comes out every time. I use 1 cup Splenda in place of sugar and add 1 cup of flour (for a total of 5 1/2 cups). I also use Bread Flour. It comes out perfect every time.

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queen.cat_6151095 April 08, 2010

Too sticky to work with, even after adding another cup of flour! Had to dump the whole thing :(

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bx2beach January 23, 2016

This will always be my favorite recipe for challah as it tastes and looks great and makes the "right" amount for the Sabbath. I do add some saffron (a few threads) or a few teaspoons of vanilla depending on my mood. It just makes a great recipe even better :).

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Funkymunky613 January 22, 2016

Dough came out sticky, was hard to work with, and didn't keep its shape after 30 minute rising period. Tasted good but not pretty like other recipes have turned out. Good to have at home but not to bring somewhere.

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jconnole22 November 05, 2015

Love this recipe! Took a many year hitatus from making Challah because I couldn't find a good receipt. Thank you for bringing me back - and so easy in the bread machine!

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elisersaks October 02, 2015

Excellent! I use a erythritol/stevia blend instead of the sugar and I glaze with the egg whites instead of the yolk - beautiful! Home run every time. Thanks for the recipe!

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andrea d. June 02, 2015

Best challah recipe I've tried, and it has the added benefit of using the bread machine to mix, rise, knead, etc. my favorite thing to do with leftover challah is cut into thick slices and make into French toast. You have to let the bread soak in the egg mixture for quite a while, but it comes out crisp on the outside and creamy like custard in the center.

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Kayray67 March 10, 2015
The Best Bread Machine Challah