Jeanie Grossinger's Hotel Challah

Recipe by petlover
READY IN: 3hrs 50mins
YIELD: 1 challah


  • 2 14
    teaspoons yeast
  • 2
    teaspoons sugar
  • 1 14
    cups lukewarm water (110 F)
  • 4 12
    cups sifted flour
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 2
    tablespoons oil
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • poppy seed (optional)


  • 1. Combine yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • 2. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well in the center and drop the eggs, oil, remaining water and yeast mixture into the hole.
  • 3. Work into flour a little at a time ( you may not need the whole amount or you made need more.) Knead dough until smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl, covered, and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
  • 4. Divide the dough int 3 pieces and roll into 3 ropes. Braid ropes and place into oiled pan. Cover and let rise again until doubled.
  • 5. Brush with egg yolks ( sprinkle poppy seeds). Bake in 375 F oven ( preheated) for 40 minutes or until nicely browned.