Rich ‘n Tasty Mixed Wheat Egg Challahs

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You may halve this recipe very easily if you prefer less for your family

  • 6 regular challahs or 30 small rolls ServingsServings

Ingredients

Part 1

  • 2 oz. / 50 grams fresh yeast
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 ½ T. salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar

Part 2

  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 5 cups white flour
  • 1 cup bran or wheat germ
  • 1 cup warm water

Preparation

Part 1

Dissolve the yeast in ½ cup of the warm water and a bit of the sugar in a large bowl. When it froths and bubbles, it is ready to use.  Mix in the rest of the Part 1 ingredients, 2 cups AP flour, 3 cups whole what flour, 2/3 cup oil, 5 eggs, 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, 1/3 cup honey, 3/4 cup brown sugar and the rest of the water.  Stir until they form a batter.

Cover the bowl and let it rise for 30-45 minutes.

Part 2

Punch the dough down and then add the ingredients listed in part 2; 5 cups whole wheat flour, 5 cups AP flour, 1 cup bran, and 1 cup warm water.

Knead the entire batter until you have a workable and smooth dough. If it is sticky, smear it with a bit more oil and then knead a bit more until it you reach the desired consistency.

Separate challah with a bracha (for instructions click here).

Let this dough rise another hour, covered in plastic. Then shape as desired.

Brush the risen challahs with a mixture of 1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk + 1 T. sugar.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350° F until golden brown top and bottom, about 40 minutes.