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Everything Challah Recipe
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Everything Challah

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"Challah is traditionally eaten on the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbos). This is not your average challah recipe. It is a twist on my trusty old water challah recipe (which even water-challah-phobics have loved), and has some of the taste of an everything bagel. It's really something else. Enjoy! This challah freezes extremely well after baking, just defrost in a ziplock bag with the zipper open. I always freeze it, even what I bake on Thursday nights for use on Friday! It preserves the freshness so well."

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Original recipe makes 2 loaves Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    45 mins

    3 hrs 15 mins


  1. Mix the yeast, water, and sugar together in a large bowl, stir to dissolve the sugar, and let the mixture stand until a creamy layer forms on top, about 5 minutes. Stir in the oil, and sprinkle the yeast mixture with 2 tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds, 2 tablespoons of dried onion, 1 tablespoon of dried garlic, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add the flour a cup at a time up to 6 cups, then add more by half-cups if needed to make an elastic but not sticky dough.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Form the dough into a compact round shape, and place in an oiled bowl. Turn the dough over several times in the bowl to oil the surface of the dough, cover the bowl with a cloth, and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the dough into 2 equal size pieces. To make 3-strand braided loaves, cut each piece into 3 pieces. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces 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. Place the loaves on the prepared baking sheets. Cover the loaves, and let them rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix sesame seeds, kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of poppy seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of dried onion, and 1/2 teaspoon of dried garlic in a small bowl. Brush the loaves with beaten egg, and sprinkle with the seed mixture.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the loaves are cooked through and golden brown, 45 to 60 minutes. Check for doneness after 45 minutes of baking time.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 10, 2009

I put in some whole wheat flour in place of some of the bread flour, and used 1/2 cup honey in place of the sugar. Realistically, this makes 3 or 4 loaves, not just 2! Great taste! I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the salt in the topping! I braided both loaves differently, for variety's sake! I'll be making this again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 31, 2011

Good Bread But it sure does not taste like Challah, there is no richness to it. It taste like a lite bagel


9 Ratings

Nov 24, 2010

Delish! First time ever making a braided bread and I'm so happy with the results. It was light and fluffy and sweet.

Nov 01, 2010

I used my bread machine to mix the dough and it was pretty tricky since it was overflowing, but I'm glad I did it! I let it cycle through the dough setting while following the directions until Step 2 when I took it out and let it rise in a huge bowl. My loaves looked like they came from a fancy bakery! I love the way the inside is twisted and has an airy texture. I'm going to make it again and serve it with veggie cream cheese!

Feb 01, 2010

I was very happy to find a recipe that was exactly what I was looking for..."everything" bread, and I've made challah for years. It was very good, but my garlic and dried onions came out kind of burned. I'll just need to tweak my cooking temp/time a little, or maybe spray the loaves with cooking spray after putting on the topping. I will definitely be making this again. My family loved it.

Feb 02, 2010

This was so easy to make and looked so beautiful that I felt bad cutting into it! Everyone in the family loved this bread and so did the neighbours. Since there was 2 large loaves we had one to share.

Apr 12, 2011

this is the only water challah recipe i could find on this site, & we've tried it with & without the seasonings. it's ok with, but i think it's better without. either way, it's a tasty water-challah recipe!

Dec 07, 2010

Excellent tasting bread. My braid pulled apart some, but it tasted fine. Very flavorful!


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  • Calories
  • 193 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 5.5 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 626 mg
  • 25%

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

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