I wanted to try a fluffy white bread and picked Challah because Galit has a fondness for it. 


Challah is a feature of Friday night meals in Jewish families. It is an enriched bread dough with eggs, honey and oil in the mixture. The result is a light crumb with a hint of sweetness.


  • 200 ml water
  • 2 teaspoons active dried yeast
  • 500 grams strong white flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoons runny honey
  • 65 mls oil or 55 grams melted butter
  • egg glaze 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon of water and optional instant coffee
  • [Optional] 2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  • Sprinkle the yeast into the water in a small bowl. Leave for 5 minutes. Stir to dissolve.
  • Mix flour and salt together in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeasted water.
  • Using a wooden spoon draw enough flour into the water to make a soft paste.
  • Cover and leave to "sponge" until frothy and risen (about 20 minutes).
  • Beat eggs in a small bowl
  • Add eggs, honey and oil to the flour well.
  • Mix altogether to form a soft dough.
  • Turn dough onto lightly floured surface.
  • Knead until smooth, shiny, and elastic (about 10 minutes).
  • Put the dough in an oiled bowl, turning to coat the dough.
  • Cover and leave to rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours, or up to 24 hours if in the fridge).
  • Knock back. Rest for 10 minutes.
  • Shape into a plait or spiral
  • Place on a oiled baking sheet.
  • Cover and prove until doubled in size (about 45-60 minutes).
  • Brush with the egg glaze.
  • Sprinkle with poppy seeds, if that is your thing. Personally I'm not a fan but Galit likes them.
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 180° C until richly golden and hollow sounding (about 45 minutes).
  • Cool on a wire rack.


How to shape into a plait:
  1. Divide into 3 equal pieces.
  2. Roll each piece into a 40 cm long rope.
  3. Tapir the ends of each rope.
  4. Plait the ropes.
How to shape into a spiral:
  1. Roll into 50 cm long rope.
  2. Coil into a snail.
  3. Tuck the end under.

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