Challah bread

Learn how to make challah bread with this delicious recipe courtesy of ShabbatUK – perfect if you fancy upping your bread-making skills!

Challah bread Image credit: ShabbatUK

Challah or challot (plural) is a sweet bread loaf eaten by Jewish families on Friday nights and Saturday to celebrate the Sabbath. It’s also perfect for leftovers – if there is any left! Use the loaf for sandwiches, French toast, to dip in soup and more...

This recipe was supplied in celebration of the annual event of ShabbatUK 2022.

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  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1 sachet of dried yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsn oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 250ml water
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds or sesame seeds (optional)


Place all the dry ingredients in your bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Add 1/3 egg and 1/3 of the oil and combine.
Once combined start adding the water little by little, mixing in as you go, until you have springy consistency. Knead continuously until smooth. The longer it is kneaded the smoother your dough will be.
By this stage your dough should be formed into a large ball. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave somewhere warm to rise for about one hour, or until doubled in size.
Plait, place on baking parchment on an oven tray, apply an egg wash (using an additional egg) and seeds.
Allow to rise for another 45 mins, before baking in the oven at 180°c until golden brown so that when you tap the underside it sounds hollow.
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