Total Time
Prep 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

Adopted! Original poster's note: This is a healthy whole wheat challah recipe with a light texture.


  1. Activate yeast in 1/2 cup water with sugar.
  2. Beat in remaining 2 1/2 cups of water , 5 cups flour, oil, honey, two eggs and salt. Let rise 30-60 minutes.
  3. Punch down. Add the rest of the flour slowly while kneading, until dough no longer sticks to fingers. Cover with damp towel.
  4. Allow to rise again until double in size. Punch down. Shape into loaves.
  5. Place in well-greased loaf pans or braid and place on cookie sheets. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

This recipe was originally published on I have to admit that I only tried it once, but did not have much success with it. Even with the sponge method, I still got a heavy challah. In addition, given the large amount of flour, I am surprised that this recipe calls for only two eggs.

spa27 February 15, 2009

This was great! I ran out of whole wheat flour and mixed in some white flour to compensate, but the wheaty texture was still there. Before baking, I glazed the loaves with a beaten egg and sprinkled some sesame seeds on top. They rose beautifully and taste wonderful.

Dalloway March 11, 2007