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 πŸ™‚ Hi!

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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

Ingredients:Β 

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, room temperature

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Glaze for Challah:Β 

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions:Β 

First add all of your wet ingredients directly into the bread machine baking tin.

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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!).

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Choose the “Dough” setting on your bread machine and press START. Let it proof and rise for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Then knead your dough for 5 minutes. It should be nice and elastic!

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Form into 3 evenly sized ropes.

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Take the three ropes and form into a braid.

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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.

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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.

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Bake for 25 minutes or until a beautiful golden brown. And you’re done! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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