Batya's Challah Bread

Preperation time: 60 min
Cook time: 30 min

Makes 2 Challahs



1 kg. (2 1/4 lb.) whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. dry yeast
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 Tbsp. date honey or molasses
2 1/2 cups warm water
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp. salt
Egg wash
Sesame seeds for garnish


  • Mix all ingredients and knead until dough forms. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour until dough is easy to handle. 
  • Let dough rise 20 minutes. Knead the dough with a bit of oil. Let it rise again for 20 minutes.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Punch down and roll out into a rectangle. Cut into 6 equal parts. Roll each part into a rope. Make a braid out of three ropes. Place on a baking sheet and let rise again for 20 minutes. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle sesame on top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 180°C/350°C.
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