Challah Bread (Bread Machine)

"From 100 Bread Machine Recipes by Vicki Smallwood. The saffron is what gives this its unique golden yellow color. This doesn't last long whenever I make this. Cooking time does NOT include dough cycle time."
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Ready In:
1 Loaf




  • In a small bowl, soak the saffron threads in the 1 tablespoon of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, place the beaten eggs, honey, hot water and melted butter in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Add the saffron threads with the soaking water, stir and pour the mixture into the baking pan of your bread machine.
  • Mix the salt into the flour and add to the baking pan and spoon the yeast on top.
  • Set the program to 'DOUGH.'.
  • When the dough is ready (mine takes 90 minutes), transfer it to a lightly floured surface and knead it for 2-3 minutes. (The dough will feel quite soft and silky.).
  • Shape the dough into 3 equal-sized pieces, then roll each piece into a sausage shape measuring approximately 12 inches in length.
  • Pinch the top end of each length of dough together, then weave the pieces into a braid/plait.
  • Pinch the bottom ends together, then tuck both ends under the dough to form a neatly braided loaf.
  • Place the dough on a greased baking sheet, brush with oil, cover with plastic wrap/cling film and leave it to rise/prove in a warm place.
  • Preheat the oven 220C/425°F.
  • When the dough has nearly doubled in size, remove the plastic wrap and lightly brush the top of the loaf with the beaten egg.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and leave it to cool before serving.

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  1. Boomette
    Yummy! This was my first time doing a braided loaf. I'm proud of me :) I like this bread cause it tastes egg breads. I'll do it again and again. It's delicious as a fresh slice with butter and toasted with butter :P Thanks CQ :) Made for Market tag. Edit : Feb 25, 2008, I've been making this bread 2-3 more times but without adding the saffron, but I use the 1 tbs of water. It's really good.
  2. saratefft28
    Yummy yummy-- hubby and daughter loved it too-- especially my 4 yr old-- she wanted more and more-- and she can be quite picky!!
  3. Chocolatl
    I've been baking challah since I was a teenager (longer ago than I care to say), and this is not only the best challah recipe I've tried, it may be the best bread I've ever made. The color, flavor and texture are all outstanding. Thanks for posting! Made for I Recommend Tag.
  4. Baby Kato
    I can't believe I'm the first one to review this wonderful bread. It was so quick and easy to make, I couldn't believe it. The best part is that it tastes great. It is a very nice challah. It has great flavor and texture. I love the addition of the saffron. Thanks for sharing another winner.


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