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Challah Recipe in the Bread Machine




Stephanie Gallagher

Challah Recipe

Challah is one of the best recipes to make with kids, because you can use the bread machine to do most of the hard work, and the kids get to do the braiding with their hands. Just make sure you leave enough time for the challah to rise before it bakes.

Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 55 minutes


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Place the first seven ingredients in the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select the dough cycle.

  2. When the cycle is complete, turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface. Divide into three equal pieces. Roll into 18-inch ropes (you can tell the kids they're snakes).

  3. Grease a baking sheet. Line up the three pieces next to each other lengthwise, about an inch apart, on the baking sheet. Pinch the bottom ends to seal. Braid by placing the left piece over the middle, then the right over the middle and so on. Pinch the dough at the end to seal and tuck under the loaf.

  4. Cover with a towel and let rise 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush lightly-beaten egg over the loaf. Bake in the middle of the oven 25 to 30 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped lightly.

  6. Note: You may have to cover the challah with foil after about 15-20 minutes to keep it from overbrowning.
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