The Best Bread Machine Challah

Recipe by Lee Hock
READY IN: 40mins
YIELD: 2 challahs


  • 3
    egg yolks
  • 1
    cup water
  • 3 12
    tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 34
    teaspoon salt
  • 14
    cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, heap the tablespoons
  • 2 34
    cups and 1 tablespoon bread flour, heap the tablespoon
  • 1
    (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
  • 1
    egg, beaten for glazing


  • Place the ingredients into the bread machine in the above listed order. Make a small well in the flour for the yeast. Put bread machine on dough cycle.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Remove dough from the machine onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into two equal halves. Divide each halve into three pieces, and braid. Place braid onto a cookie sheet covered with a piece of parchment paper. Cover the two braid with a dish towel. Let stand until double in size, about 30 minutes to an hour. Remove dish towel. Use a pastry brush and paint the challahs with beaten egg covering the entire loaf.
  • Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped on.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on baking rack.