Poles adopted this bread and call it chałka, Bohemians and Czechs call it houska and nearly every Eastern European country has its version. This easy bread machine recipe is from Barbara Bame of Munster, Ind.
The same steps for making houska bread apply to challah. Here's a larger picture of Jewish challah.
See this Bread Machine Challah #2 Recipe.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rising time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Yield: 1 large Challah
- 2 large eggs + 1 large egg white
- 5 ounces warm water
- 2 1/2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 package active dry yeast
- Put 2 eggs, water, oil, honey and vanilla into a bread machine. Add salt, sugar and flour. Make a well in the flour and add yeast. Run bread machine on dough setting.
- When done, put bread on lightly floured surface and knead 1 minute. Make 3 equal ropes of dough and braid on a parchment-lined baking pan. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let it rise for 45 to 75 minutes, or until nearly doubled.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush challah with beaten egg white. Bake for 25 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 190 degrees. Cool completely on a wire rack.