- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ tsp rapid rise yeast
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 eggs for the bread, 1 for the egg wash
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ cup warm water
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Create a well and add the 2 eggs, honey, oil, and water. Mix until a shaggy dough comes together then switch to the dough hook. Knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Add a little extra flour if needed, sparingly, so the dough feels cohesive, but still has a light stickiness to it.
Cover and let rise in a warm location until it’s doubled in size, about 2 hours. Punch down dough and knead gently. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface then divide the dough into the desired number of strands (a 4-strand braid looks particularly nice). Braid dough and place on a baking sheet. Cover and let rise again for about 30 minutes, until puffy.
Preheat oven to 350. Beat the remaining egg gently and brush the dough with the egg wash. Bake for 23-28 minutes, until golden brown or the bread has an internal temperature of 190 degrees. I personally like a deeply golden loaf, so I remove the bread and brush a second coat of egg wash on about 15 minutes in. Let cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
Which category did you enter your challah in? Because my challah won a blue ribbon in the 2021 Minnesota State Fair.
I have a picture of it in the display case marked as the #1 winner in the category as well as proof of winning in the State Fair’s competition results summary. It was entered in the ethnic baking, breads category. Are there other competition categories that accept challahs?
There are two! There’s the challah competition in the honey yeast breads and also the ethnic bread baking competition. Kris Cramer was listed as the honey yeast bread winner.
Gayle, post your recipe too if you’re open to it?