The Perfect Challah Bread Machine Recipe!
Good Morning Everyone!
I am so excited to share this recipe with you all. If there is one thing I can’t stand, it’s half recipes. Or recipes with little instructions. Or recipes with an instruction that says: cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Wait… what?! So when I came across a challah bread machine recipe that told me to put the ingredients in the order that my manufacturer suggests, I frowned and mentally kicked myself for not saving the owner’s manual. (Cue me googling “Oster Bread Machine Manual”).
I sat there and poured over “How to Use a Bread Machine” and “Oster Bread Machine Order of Ingredients” until I could finally piece together some semblance of how to make this recipe. It was then that I thought, “Ya know what? This is silly. Let me piece together a recipe, snap some pics, and share it with all of YOU!”. So here I am 🙂 Hi!
Well I can say that the pictures turned out lovely and the challah turned out even better. This recipe makes one monster of a challah. Now I live in a tiny apartment that often stays cool all year round. (Thank you side of another building). So sometimes finding a “warm-draft free place” to let my dough rise isn’t easy. In those situations, I turn on my oven to 400 degrees (F) and then place the braided loaf on a baking sheet, on top of the stove, covered by plastic wrap and a kitchen towel to keep the heat in. The result is a monster challah that could feed a small army, (or a very hungry family), that looks beautiful and tastes great!!
Alright let’s jump into this recipe! Whether you observe Shabbat or not, challah is a fantastic bread to use in dishes. It makes amazing french toast, or is even great on a burger! My personal favorite is ripping off pieces and slathering it with a little bit of soy butter. Mmmm! So delicious! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures everyone. Have a restful weekend and as always, keep on cooking! ❤
The Best Challah Bread Machine Recipe
Yields: 1 giant challah
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 cups bread flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast
Glaze for Challah:
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
First add all of your wet ingredients directly into the bread machine baking tin.
Then add all of your dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients. Take your pointer finger and make a small well in the center of the flour and spoon in the yeast. (It should be the last ingredient to add into your bread machine!).
Choose the “Dough” setting on your bread machine and press START. Let it proof and rise for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Then knead your dough for 5 minutes. It should be nice and elastic!
Form into 3 evenly sized ropes.
Take the three ropes and form into a braid.
Cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel. Put in a warm, draft-free spot (mine is on top of the stove heated to 400 degrees (F)) and let rise for an additional 1 hour.
Now brush the fluffy challah with the glaze (1 egg beaten + 1 tablespoon water mixed together). Top with sesame seeds. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F)/ 177 degrees C.
Bake for 25 minutes or until a beautiful golden brown. And you’re done! Enjoy! 🙂