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Jamie Geller’s Challah Recipe

 

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Jamie Geller’s Challah Recipe

Here is my now famous challah recipe. Challah is the Jewish egg bread served every week on Shabbat and is usually braided. You don't have to top it, but I love it with everything topping and I have a heavy hand. I make this recipe every week and I get so much satisfaction out of the kneading and braiding it is the one dish I don't mind spending time on. And don't forget to get the kids involved. Not only are they in my prayers, but they each get their own little mound of dough to shape and decorate as they like. I like everything, they like sprinkles, we are all happy. Enjoy this challah recipe this Shabbat and for many years to come.

Times

  • Prep Time : 1 hour
  • Cook Time : 45 - 55 min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 45 min

Servings

4 challahs

Ingredients

  • 2 ounce active dry yeast + 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups warm water, divided
  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 (6-pound) bag high-gluten flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil, divided
  • 2 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and 3 tablespoons of sugar in 2 cups of warm water, cover loosely with a towel and set aside.

2. Place salt in a huge plastic bowl.

3. Add flour to bowl.

4. Add sugar and egg yolks.

5. Yeast should now have bubbled/foamed and doubled in size, if yeast has not bubbled or does not seem active repeat the process again.

6. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and slowly pour yeast and sugar water mixture into the well. Then add the remaining 4 cups of warm water into the well. Make sure the water is not too hot. It should be no warmer than you would use for a baby’s bath.

7. Start kneading ingredients together and add a ½ cup of oil.

8. For the next 10 minutes, knead, adding another ½ cup of oil slowly during that time as needed to create a workable dough. Dough shouldn’t be too sticky and also should not be dry. It should become one cohesive mass.

9. Loosley cover dough with a large kitchen towel and place in a warm spot in your kitchen for 15 minutes.

10. After 15 minutes, lightly oil your hand and knead again for another 5 minutes adding a touch more oil to the dough if necessary. The dough should now be easier to work with and will become smooth and satiny.

11. Rub a little oil over the top and around the dough. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel. Place covered bowl in a medium plastic garbage bag and place open ends of the bag loosely underneath the bowl, trapping in air.

12. Place in a warm spot and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

13. Punch dough down and knead (lightly oil your hands if necessary), flipping it and releasing any air bubbles. Cover again, using the towel and the bag, and let rise 1 more hour.

14. Lightly oil your hands, and punch down again. With a sharp knife divide dough into 4 equal parts.

11. Liberally spray 4 (9-inch) round baking pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

12. Preheat oven to 375 F.

For Round Challah

13. With lightly oiled hands, place 1 piece of dough on a smooth work surface. Play with the dough a bit, squeezing out any air bubbles. Then roll the dough into a long, thick rope, adding oil as needed to keep it from being too sticky. Don’t use too much oil; a little sticky is fine.

14. Place one end of the rope up against the edge of the prepared pan and coil it, ending in the middle. Set aside

For Pull-Apart Challah

15. With lightly oiled hands, place 1 piece of dough on a smooth work surface. Play with the dough a bit, squeezing out any air bubbles. Separate into 8 equal parts. Roll each part into a round ball, adding oil as needed to keep it from being too sticky. Don’t use too much oil; a little sticky is fine.

16. Place one ball in the middle of the prepared pan and surround with remaining balls. Don’t worry if they don’t touch. They will rise into each other while baking. Set aside.

17. Repeat either method with remaining dough so that you have 4 challahs.

18. Brush challahs with beaten egg and sprinkle with a combination of poppy and sesame seeds.

19. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes and then lower your oven temperature to 350 F and bake for an additional 35 to 45 minutes, until challah tops are dark golden brown.

20. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve while still warm. Once the challah has been sliced, you can store the slices in sealable plastic bags for about 4 to 5 days.

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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."

 

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107 Responses to Jamie Geller’s Challah Recipe

  1. 2 ounces of yeast would equal to how much if using a measuring cup?

  2. Two cups sugar, Jaime? I’d be interested in a healthier version.

  3. Hi Chaya 1/4 cup!

  4. I made this challah this weekend with half whole wheat flour and it came out amazing.
    I also used some of the dough to make these blueberry buns for dessert – http://joyof.kosher.com/recipe/toronto-blueberry-buns/ – the BEST.

  5. avatar says: Sarah

    Do you mean a 6 lb bag or 5 lb bag of flour? I have never seen a 6lb bag and do not have a food scale although I know that I should. If you do mean a 6lb bag, could you let me know what brand packages flour in that size? Thanks so much. Also, in your Irish Car Bomb Cake, you mentioned that you could not provide us with your buttercream recipe. I was wondering why since I really enjoy your recipes so much.

  6. How about a bread machine recipe?

  7. Hi Sarah – I do mean a 6lb bag. I use Dependable Foods, High Gluten Flour – check out the 6lb bag here: http://www.allinkosher.com/p-33681-dependable-high-gluten-flour-6-lb-parve.aspx. It’s about 4 cups of flour to a pound so you can use a 5lb bag plus 4 cups. And I am SOOOO happy you like my recipes — but the Irish Car Bomb Cake is not mine, it’s from our friend Shira — it’s her buttercream recipe — maybe you can leave her a comment under the cake recipe and coax her into sharing it with the world :-)

  8. Hi Evelyn — I always make 6 pounds so there is really no non-commercial machine out there that can handle the recipe in one batch. That’s why I always felt it was “easier” to just do it by hand all together. I will look into working on a smaller amount for a bread machine as soon as I have the chance.

    • avatar says: Jack l

      The Bosch mixer handles this recipe with ease!

  9. avatar says: Zahava

    Hi jamie! I thought I might have asked you this already but I don’t see my question posted , So I’ll ask it again. I was wondering if you have a recipe for sweet crumb topping for challah. Someone gave me challah with crumbs on it for Shalach manos and I didnt wash on it because I thought it was cake, it looked,smelled, and tasted so good! If you have a recipe for that, that would be awesome! Thanks!

    • hi Zahava – you did ask and I did answer – lol – we had a little technology glitch, Ok so I am SO in love with the crumb topping. My friend just made me a crumb topping challah after I had my baby. I must get the exact recipe for you but in the meantime this topping would also work well: http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/cran-apple-crunch-kugel-2/
      please let us know how it you like it.

    • avatar says: goldie

      Thanks Jamie! I actually started using a babka topping- equal parts powdered sugar and flour and oil added until crumbly(a little water can sub for some of the oil)

  10. avatar says: Rochel S

    Hi Jamie — first of all, yours is my favorite cookbook. I’m just making your challah recipe now for the first time — it’s baking and smells delicious. Just a note — I’m assuming this cookbook was written for Jewish women, you should put somewhere in the instructions that one should “take challah” with a bracha, as soon as the dough is ready to rise. There are websites that can tell people how, if they’re not sure, but it’s important to have there, as it’s a big mitzvah.

  11. avatar says: fay C

    Hi Jamie,
    Thanks for your wondelful magazines, I love them. i could spend hours in the kitchen. I enjoy trying out new recipes. Well three weeks ago I saw the challah video and I decided to try it. Since my last recipe I tryed came out bad I told myself why go through the hassle. Well i tryed your reicpe and boy was it a hit, just like you said. Everyone in my house could not stop eating it. So my aunt bought me a bag of sifted flour not aware that I had made a batch last week, and I decided to make it again. This time all my sister-in-law and neices ate it to the last drop. Thanks again.

    • Fay! YAY! I really appreciate that you took the time to write in the comments here. Thank you. And so happy you all are loving it!

  12. avatar says: hadas

    i usually only see 5 lb bags of flour..and i havent seen ” high gluten ” written on it..where can you get that in los angeles….?? thank you

  13. avatar says: Sa Ne

    Thanks you make me feel that baking is
    enjoyable

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  14. avatar says: sherylpit

    Jamie, I can’t find high gluten flour =- will bread flour work, or can I add gluten to regular flour? If so, how much gluten would I add?
    Thanks,
    Sheryl
    PS Awesome Website!

  15. Thank you Sheryl SO much! So glad you are enjoying JoK.com. Where are you writing from? Bread flour would work but gluten adds stickiness and sponginess to dough so high gluten will give you a better consistency/much lighter and fluffier challah/bread. I haven’t actually experimented with adding gluten to flour so I can’t advise you there but you could try looking for “bread machine flour” which is the same as high-gluten flour. Or if you want to order it online try this link http://www.allinkosher.com/p-33681-dependable-high-gluten-flour-6-lb-parve.aspx. Good luck!

  16. avatar says: sherylpit

    Hi Jamie,
    Thanks for responding so quickly. I’ll look for bread machine flour. Maybe I’ll have better luck with that. I’m in GA and the shipping on the flour that you suggested in that website is over $15.!!

  17. avatar says: shira

    Hi Jamie! first of all, I love your recipes. I followed your video the first time I made deli roll and all my friends wanted the recipe! Your food is always so pretty. I was wondering if it’s possible to cut all the ingredients in half for this challah recipe or if you think that would ruin the overall recipe? Thanks!

    • thanks Shira SOOOOOO much. I think you can cut it exactly in half and it should work for you. Also what I do sometimes (if I decide not to make cinnamon buns with the extra dough http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/challah-dough-cinnamon-buns-2/) is make all the dough and just before braiding I cut the dough in half, and wrap half in saran wrap and freeze the raw dough. Just make sure you let it defrost at room temperature and that the dough itself is at room temp (and not cold) before you start working with it. Good Luck!

  18. avatar says: shira

    Thats a great idea, thanks so much!

  19. avatar says: Joon

    Dear Jamie,

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe with the world. My first time baking challah was a spiritual experience it came out amazing!!!

    Shabbat Shalom!

    • Joon!!! thank you thank thank you for taking the time to write. I really appreciate it!

  20. avatar says: Leah

    Dear Jamie!
    This Challah recipe was DELISH! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I live in Monsey too! Just moved here! Anyways, could you tell me how to braid a challah with six pieces? Thanks again!
    Have a good Shabbos!

  21. Hi Jamie,
    If I’m making a 6 braided challah, how much time and at what temperature should I cook it?

    • Assuming you are making 4 large Challahs as the recipe calls for same temp and about the same time maybe 5-10 minutes more – also depends if you are doing in a loaf pan or free form on a baking sheet – loaf pan will need more like 10 -15 minutes more than recipe above and baking sheet about 5 to 10 minutes more than recipe above.

  22. avatar says: irit

    Dear Jamie,

    I did this recipe with my sister and it worked wonderfully, it is such a great recipe.
    However, I did it by myself twice already and every time the last two chalot waiting to go in the oven lose their shape, and ‘melt’. What am I doing wrong?

    • hi Irit – it’s most probably the heat — are they too close to the oven or sitting over the counter with a dishwasher on underneath? if you make them in pans as opposed to on a baking sheet the pans will help hold their shape

  23. Hi Jaime,
    I recently made your challah and it came out delicious. My whole family loved it however, the bread was very dense and lacked fluffyness. Is there anything I could do to make it better?
    thanks for your time

    • a few things are possible here — 1. over kneading/working the dough and or 2. rising in a warm place in your kitchen — I keep mine over the dishwasher or in a dark corner by the oven — it should have lots of air bubbles – should be fluffy and light but again the warmth is important for this (did you keep it covered with a towel and in a large loose bag (dark, cozy and warm) for it to rise?

  24. avatar says: mimitova

    Can I use regular flour with this recipe? I live in Israel and have not seen high gluten flour

    • yes you can maybe be slightly less fluffy/spongy BUT I made it in Israel using whatever general flour was avail and it came out fantastic still everyone loved it!

  25. avatar says: cslindsay

    tastes like white bread to me…..http://allrecipes.com/recipe/traditional-white-bread/ almost the same ratios, i guess this is sweeter, but prob mass produced white bread is equally as sweet as this dough….. hmmmm… still on the search for the best CHALLAH, ty

  26. avatar says: eli7nyc

    Dear Jamie!
    You’re such an inspiration. I just love watching your instructional videos. You make food so much fun. Thank you for that. I just made your challah. It was AMAZING!! Simply the best. I also make the garlic knots and cinnamon buns. YUM. All the best and looking forward to more great recipes.
    Elisheva

    • Elisheva! thank you SO SO SO SO SO much. It means so much to me that you took the time to write and that your special Shabbos Challah came out AMAZING! big hugs, J

  27. avatar says: adina

    Hi – this is a large recipe for me, and I alsoneed to “translate” it to Israeli equivalents. Could you please post an equivalent version for someone starting with 1Kilo of flour? (I usually use the Rubinfeld fine ground whole wheat flour, which is about 6.5 cups / kilo, more or less, in case that’s helpful.) Can you give the yeast amount in teaspoons or tablespoons of dry yeast? THANK YOU!!

  28. avatar says: Hinda

    HI
    How many packets of yeast is 2 ounces?
    Also was wondering how long i should knead the dough for so it will be light and fluffy…
    thanks

    • I am unsure what size your packets are so just measure out 4 TBS of yeast. As for kneading 10 minutes or so. Then let the dough rest, loosely covered with a kitchen towel for 15 minutes so the glutens relax and then knead for another 5.

  29. avatar says: Rachel

    Oh my goodness! This challah is AMAZING! I just made a batch for Shabbat and used a 1/4 dough for cinnamon buns – they were to die for!!! Thank you so so much for your recipe’s and video’s! I’m showing my Rebbetzin after Pesach how to make this! lots of love, from your fan in Australia

  30. wow thank you!!!! so great to feel the love from so far!

  31. avatar says: Souzan

    Hi Jamie,
    I love your recipes and videos. I like the way you describe dry ingredients by weight rather than cups. It omes accurate this way.

  32. avatar says: Jon

    Hi Jamie,

    Your challah looks amazing!! I was hoping to make a smaller batch (but i know how fickle bread can be) do you know if its ok to cut the recipe in half??

    Chag sameach!

  33. Hi Jamie,
    I tried this recipe this friday to make my shlisel challah and it came out AMAZING! I have tried many recipes before in the past 14 years but my challah always came out dry or it would get dry by the next day. Your recipe finally helped me figure out how to fix that problem. Yes, high gluten flour really did the trick!! I am so excited! My challah was never as moist and resilient as it came out this time. Thank you!
    Btw, to answer Jon’s question. I did cut the recipe in half. I also put 1 T of salt instead of 2 T and it still came out wonderful. Fail proof recipe!! :)

    • YAY- I am so happy and thank you for testing and sharing the results of the halved recipe!!!

  34. avatar says: Vicki

    Hi Jamie,

    Can you tell me if fresh and dried yeast are interchangeable, and how the amount of dried yeast in a recipe converts to fresh? I find it much easier to find kosher fresh yeast than the dried variety where I live (in fact, haven’t found the kosher dried yeast yet.)

  35. I just saw your video on youtube, regarding how to make this challah bread. I am going to try it, it looks so yummy. However, that amazing seed mix that you had on the video… is that something you mix yourself or do you buy it? I want to try it, you make it sound oooh so good! :)

    • Its something I buy — it’s called everything mix and should be next to the sesame and poppy seeds on the supermarket shelves. I do however have a homemade recipe for it in my new Joy of Kosher cookbook coming out this fall — so be on the lookout :-)

  36. avatar says: Rivka

    i have no more.kosher salt! can i use table.salt? also, if i were to freeze the challah before baking but after i shape it – do i egg it? how long can it last in the freezer unbaked for?

    • yes you can (although you should get some :-) Its most accurate to substitute salt by weight so you will need 45g (or about 1.5 ounces) table salt for this recipe. Egg AFTER thawing and rising just before baking. Should last for at least 1 month in the freezer unbaked. Great Luck!

  37. avatar says: suzanne

    Can this be made in a bread machine?

    • sure you can — just watch the amounts most bread machines don’t have the capacity to handle all 6 pounds at once.

  38. avatar says: Misty

    Ok, I know you’re going to think I’m crazy but I’m wondering if I could do a gluten free challah like this??!! Every gluten free challah I’ve tried to make so far has definitely left something to be desired, but my son is intolerant and we need challah in our house! Any suggestions? I love the pull apart idea!

    • I haven’t found a good solution, either. The consistency/taste is just not the same. For a challah look, you can make a GF bread recipe in this challah-shaped silicon baking pan: http://www.thekoshercook.com/product_p/kcbw-0160.htm. Or if using a regular loaf pan, use an ice cream scoop to place mounds of dough next to each other in the pan. If you are lucky, it might give an appearance of a bumpy top.

      • Ms. Gluten-Free Nosh is our expert so I thank her for commenting – and Misty – happy you like the pull-apart idea – it definitely makes life easier.

  39. avatar says: pat

    I like your recipes.Thank you

  40. Hi Jamie! Thanks for all your wonderful recipes! My favorites are the videos! You make everything look too easy :) I just wanted to know if this exact recipe works in israel. I’m new to the cooking scene, and i’ve flopped too many “american” challa recipes and i’m wary about trying yet another. As I know you live here, can you tell me if this works?

    • Oh Michal!!!! Thank you SO much! YAY I love doing the videos too – it’s my favorite part about what I do – so happy you are enJOYing them! OK so yes this recipe is tried and true and tested in Israel. Since I have yet to find High-Gluten flour here I use regular but I make the dough in my stand mixer. The dough is much lighter this way and it makes up for the fact that I don’t use the high-gluten flour. Please note it will be a sticky dough – use additional oil (or cooking spray on your hands) to make working with it easier.

  41. Sorry- forgot to ask… can i halve this recipe?
    Thanks!

    • yuparooo! halves perfectly — my stand mixer can only handle half the recipe at a time so that’s how I do it!

  42. avatar says: atarah

    Liked the dough texture as was easy to braid and shape but would have liked it a bit sweeter.

  43. Thanks for the feedback! I am laughing bc I originally called for 2 1/2 cups sugar but thought it was too sweet for most people so I pulled it back. So just add more sugar :-)

  44. avatar says: Lisa

    How many packets is equivalent to 2 ounces of yeast???

    • usually the packets are a 1/4 ounce each so that would mean 8 packets or 4 tbs.

  45. avatar says: suzqz

    Jamie -

    I always followed a friend’s recipe for challah. Flavor was great, texture was less than ideal. For Rosh Hashanah this year, I decided to use a different recipe and I used yours. AMAZING. The texture was PERFECT. I added a mixture of reconstituted raisins with apples, sugar and cinnamon to them – it was delicious. I’m not a baker by nature, so I have two quick questions. If I want to make the dough sweeter, can I simply add more sugar or do I need to make other adjustments? And, if I want to freeze the dough, before I shape the loaves, what point in the process is the best to do it? Thank you so much and shana tova!

    • YAY YAY YAY!!! So happy and sounds soooo delish! Want it sweeter? It’s Simple, just add more sugar – I originally called for 2 1/2 cups sugar you can even push it to 3 if you really want it sweet. But of course play with it to your liking. To freeze proceed all the way through step 14. At which point you can divide the dough and freeze it in portions or as one mass. Punch it down to release all the air bubble and form into a nice round mass. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and freeze. To defrost: remove the plastic wrap and place it in a large lightly greased bowl (oil or cooking spray). Cover it with a kitchen towel so it doesn’t form a skin and place in a warm spot (cozy corner) in your kitchen. Once it’s room temperature you are ready to roll — literally! I freeze the raw dough ALL the time and it comes out great! Best of luck and thank you for commenting and shana tova :-) !

  46. avatar says: Moshe

    all in kosher website is no more available , so you can found the Dependable High Gluten Flour 6 LB. Bag Availabe at RocklandKosher,com http://www.rocklandkosher.com/p-2897-flour-high-gluten.aspx

  47. avatar says: karen

    Love your videos and recipes. Question. Can you bake and then freeze Challah? Thank you.

    • yes you can. I recommend re warming it (wrapped in) at 250/300 degrees F until soft – serve warm.

  48. Re-posting my questions because I didn’t found any answers. Can I exchange the sugar for honey (what amount?) at the yeast mix?
    Is there a change if I use whole wheat flour?
    My family and I loved the recipe it’s different from another we tried first , even defrost it’s GREAT , thanks for the recipe .

    • Hi Haidee – so my sister-in-law always uses whole wheat flour in place of white and it comes out great – just a little heavier/more dense. I have not tried honey in place of sugar but I have a friend who uses a mixture of honey and maple syrup in her whole wheat challah and it’s fantastic. Honey is ever so slightly sweeter than sugar so in small amounts (if you are simply substituting a tablespoon or two or even 3 :-) you can use a 1:1 ratio but for larger amounts use slightly less than 1:1. So 1 cup sugar is equal to about 3/4 cup honey. So if you are making the full recipe above you can substitute the 2 cups of sugar for about 1 1/2 cups of honey. At step one, to proof the yeast, replace the 3 TBS sugar for 3 TBS honey. At step 4 add 1 1/2 cups honey in place of the sugar. Good luck and let us know how it comes out.

    • I substitute honey for sugar in this recipe all the time, turns out lovely.

  49. avatar says: faygie

    Came out perfect!

  50. hi Jamie, on the video you don’t sift the flower, I know that for the challah to be kosher the first thing you have to do is sift the flower. please clarify. thank you I enjoyed the video.

    • Hi Chevy – great eyes — I buy pre-sifted flour – BIG (HUGE!) time saver – and delivers peace of mind.

  51. Hi…Do you a recipe for a 5lb bag of flour?

    • Try JoK friend Hadassah’s recipe: http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/challah-3/

      • Hi…thanks, I will try it. couple of questions though:
        1-she wrote to make a “well” and to put the yeast mixture in the center. What does that do for the challah making process? I just want to understand what the reason is for making the well.
        2- Also- if I use a Bosch machine, how do I make that well? because the dough hook is in the center?
        3- she mentions to knead it for 10 minutes, and then after it rises, to punch down and knead again for another 10 minutes. I am using the bosch machine to knead. does this apply then? because then I would be kneading a total of 20 minutes with the bosch machine.
        Thanks so much!

        • Hey Devorie… Ok so when I make Challah in the bread machine with a dough hook I ignore the well AND find that the kneading time is cut down at least 50% if not more (it’s a machine :-) - so as soon as you see a nice dough form your are good to go — should come together in about 5 minutes, maybe a little longer.

  52. avatar says: Deana M.

    Can I use bread flour or all-purpose flour for the high gluten flour in your challah recipe? I can’t find the high gluten flour in my area. If so, how will it/how do I change up the recipe? Thanks so much.
    Deana

    • Bread flour is the SAME as high-gluten flour so you are all set. As an fyi I use all-purpose flour now in Israel because we don’t have high gluten flour here. Gluten gives the challah a lighter more sponge-y and chewy texture. But I have found that with the all-purpose flour when I use my stand mixer to knead the dough (instead of by hand) the challah turns out delicious.

  53. Hi Jamie, whenever I am baking my six braid Challa at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes it burns badly on the top, but when I bake my three braid Challa it comes out perfectly. What am I doing wrong?

    • OK I can only guess here, but: Is your 6-braid much higher/taller than your 3-braid, and perhaps closer to the heat source? Try moving your oven rack down a level or two and see if that helps. Let me know!

  54. avatar says: Stefanie

    Hi Jamie. I have looked all over the website and love it. I even commented on your Matzo Ball recipe. Anyway I want to make your challah but I can’t find the right flour. There is a market 15 minutes away that is known for selling Kosher food. However, there Kosher section is suprisingly small. I couldn’t find the high-gluten flour you use. I can order it from King Arhur flour but the high-gluten flour only comes in 3 lb bags. Unfortunately they are not cheap. Also, I found the link for the flour you used in the video. It would cost more to have it shipped to Rhode Island then what it is sold for. My question is this. Can I substitute bread flour for the high-gluten flour? Or, would it be worth it to spend a few extra dollars to have the high-gluten flour shipped to me? HELP!!

    • Hey Stefanie — help is here :-) !!! High Gluten and Bread Flour are interchangeable so use it and enJOY! Please come back and comment on the recipe once you’ve made it – we’d love to hear your feedback.

      • says: Stefanie

        Hi Jamie. I finally had the chance to make your Challah. It Came out ok. I took a picture of it but I am not sure how to attach it. Anyway. I used bread flour and made the full 6 lbs. You were right in the video. The first kneading was tough. I had to switch hands a couple of times. It was much softer after 15 minutes. I think I need a bigger plastic bowl. My mom has a big one but not big enough. The dough was nearly overflowing as it was rising. I ended up making 2 6-braid and 3 pull-apart Challahs. I did not use your method of braiding, however. I used your friend Hadassah’s method of “over 2, over 1.” Since this was my first time making Challah I didn’t want to confust myself and I went for the easiest way to braid the bread. The first loaf I did came out very large. The second loaf I did was smaller but still a decent size. The picture I have of the challah is of the second loaf. I was too embrassed by the first one. It was very, very large. It had a crispy crust with a soft chewy inside. I gave the larger loaf to my brother and sister-in-law as they have four kids. I kept the smaller loaf for me and my parents. I will bring the pull-apart challahs to church on Sunday. We have a fellowship, after the service, with coffee, fruit and baked goods. I figured everyone would enjoy them. I told my mom the different things you made with the challah dough. The cinnamon buns was the one that excited her the most. My parents, brother and sister-in-law really liked it when they had a small piece. At least it tasted good. I would definitley make it again.

  55. avatar says: Debbie

    I was referred to your site for this challah recipe which I am so excited to see-I was checking out the comments as I do to see if there are any recommendations or questions I might have. Ran across a mention of a recipe you have called the “Irish Car Bomb.” I live in Ireland and I would suggest out of consideration for those families who have lost people to actual car bombings in Ireland that you change the name of the recipe.

  56. avatar says: Brooke

    Is it true Jewish to put poppy seeds on it?My husband thinks it is a American add on to challah.

  57. Hi Jamie.

    Thank you for this website and your expertise. You make everything look so simple!

    My husband just bought me a mixer, which I feel I should use. Can you give directions for its use with this recipe? ALSO, as the mixer handles only a kilo and a half of flour (3.3 pounds), I have to adjust the measurements. Can you help me out with this?

    Thanks very much. I hope you are loving Israel as much as we are. (We made Aliya three years ago.)

    Chana Rochel

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