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For braiding instructions and photos, go to www.thechallahblog.com.







  1. Place yeast, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add hot water to mixture and combine. Let sit 3 minutes. Add oil and 2 eggs, and mix.
  2. Slowly add flour. Continue mixing until dough is too stiff to stir. Turn out onto a lightly floured board.
  3. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Spray bowl with non-stick spray. Gather the dough together and form a ball.then place it in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a cloth towel or plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes or longer.
  5. Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured board. 
  6. OPTIONAL: Add a couple drops of food coloring or beet juice to all or part of the dough to make a pink challah.
  7. Divide dough into desired number and roll each piece into a strand. Braid as desired.
  8. Place loaf on parchment lined baking sheet and let rise for 30 minutes.  Brush with the egg wash and topping of your choice.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool loaf on a rack.

Photo courtesy of Christina Bernasconi Photography





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Executive Board

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