Bread Machine Challah for Shabbat and Festivals Recipe -
Bread Machine Challah for Shabbat and Festivals Recipe
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Bread Machine Challah for Shabbat and Festivals

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"A perfect recipe for arthritic hands that can't knead dough easily anymore! Recipe is written for a bread machine that makes 1.5 pound (700 gram) loaves. NOTE: Do NOT bake this dough in the machine. Use only the dough/pasta setting. There is too much fully-risen dough for the machine to accommodate. "

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Original recipe makes 1 loaf Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    3 hrs 50 mins


  1. Place the warm water, salt, sugar, margarine, egg, bread flour, and yeast in the pan of a bread machine in that order, set the machine to the dough setting, and start the machine.
  2. When the dough cycle of the machine is finished, place the dough on a floured surface. Divide the dough into 3 pieces, and roll them into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 3 ropes together at the top and braid them. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the middle strand (that strand becomes the new middle strand.) Take the strand farthest to the left, and move it over the new middle strand. Continue braiding, alternating sides each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look.
  3. Grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper, and place the braided challah on the prepared sheet. Cover the loaf with a plastic bag to prevent drying out, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk together 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of water, and vanilla in a small bowl, and brush the glaze on the challah. Sprinkle with optional toppings (see footnote).
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped, 35 to 40 minutes.
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  • Cook's Notes
  • Toppings: Sesame or poppy seeds for Shabbat
  • Sugar for Rosh Hashanah
  • Chocolate or rainbow sprinkles for Simchas Torah

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 24, 2010

Best Challah I have ever made in 20 years... The only thing I changed was adding 6 tbsp of sugar not 2. From the second I touched the dough in the bread maker I knew that I had Challah gold on my hands... will never use another recipe again. BEST EVER!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 09, 2010

It was okay, a pretty loaf, but kind of plain tasting. Not bad, but have had better with less work. I used more surgar.


25 Ratings

Dec 08, 2009

This recipe just came out on the site today & I decided to try it & I am so glad I did. Wonderful flavor with a chewy texture that was exactly what I was looking for. The dough is very easy to work with & I turned out a beautiful, shiny, delicious work of art. Thank You for the recipe, I will be sure to share with friends!

Jul 01, 2010

I gave this recipe to my 10 year old daughter so she could bake challah for the family every Shabbat and have a recipe to call her own. This is the best tasting challah. She has followed the recipe exactly and it comes out great every time. She recently made this challah for another family and they were asking for the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 31, 2010

This was a delicious bread and very simple to make. I would suggest increasing the sugar if you would like your bread a little sweeter. I sprinkled the braided loaf with a sugar and flour topping before baking. It came out delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Sep 15, 2010

Came out very good. I topped the challah with poppy seeds (my fave, over sesame). I had to add almost 2 cups more flour than is written, I have no clue why.

Feb 09, 2010

I thought this bread came out very well. I have never had Challah bread before this, so I don't really know how it should taste. It was delicious though. It was simple and I had no issues with the dough at all. It was very nice and easy to work with.

Oct 26, 2012

So good! I sweetened it up using 6 Tbsp. sugar (as another suggested) since I made this for Rosh Hashanah, added raisins, and sprinkled the loaf with sugar prior to baking. What a lovely, sweet (as I made it) loaf, that I will continue to use for Rosh Hashanah! FYI-it does need at least 1 1/2 c. more flour than recipe states. For weekly challah, I use one additional Tbsp. sugar, 1 c. whole wheat flour for part of the flour, and occasionally add raisins when bread machine "beeps," then braid into 2 loaves. Baking at 350 for 10 min., then decreasing temp to 325 for 10-15 more minutes works best for my loaves.


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  • Calories
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.8 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 6.6 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 417 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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