Sesame Seed Challah (Egyptian Holiday Bread)

Recipe by Dancer
READY IN: 1hr 30mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • Combine yeast with water and pinch of sugar and set aside.
  • Combine flour, remaining sugar, salt and 2 eggs in large mixing bowl.
  • Add yeast mixture and mix well.
  • Dough will be moist and sticky.
  • Knead until dough is smooth, about 10 minutes, adding flour or water as needed.
  • Dough should still be moist.
  • Return to bowl, sprinkle dough with flour, cover with towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Divide dough in half, place each half on lightly floured board and lightly knead into round loaves.
  • Place on greased baking sheet, leaving space between loaves, as they will rise and expand when baking.
  • Beat remaining egg.
  • Brush loaves with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and completely baked inside, 20 to 30 minutes.