Heavenly Challah Bread

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There's nothing like eating a meal, making toast or a eating a sandwich with freshly baked bread.  Bread machines make it incredibly easy to make a fresh loaf of bread in 3 hours or less.  Through a lot of experimentation, I came up with the perfect bread machine recipe for Challah bread.  Making the bread is simple: just add the ingredients in the order presented in this recipe and voila! you have a delicious loaf of Challah bread!  I hope you enjoy this recipe.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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You will need the following ingredients to make a one and a half pound loaf of Heavenly Challah Bread in a bread machine:

6 ounces of warm water
3 medium or large eggs
3 tablespoons of unsalted sweet cream butter
3 tablespoons of honey
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
3 cups of bread flour
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of poppy seeds
1 teaspoon of active dry yeast

You'll need some measuring cups, measuring spoons, and of course a bread machine.

Step 2: Add Water

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Remove the bread machine's bread pan from the machine.  Measure out six ounces of warm water and pour it into the bread pan.

Step 3: Add Eggs

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Remove three medium or large eggs from your refrigerator and allow them to warm to room temperature.
Crack open the eggs and add to the bread pan.

Step 4: Add Butter

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Measure out three tablespoons of unsalted sweet cream butter.  Cut the butter into smaller slices and allow the butter to warm to room temperature.  Add the butter to the bread pan.

Since the recipe calls for salt to be added at a later step, I use unsalted butter so the bread won't come out too salty.

Step 5: Add Honey

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Measure three tablespoons of honey and add it to the bread pan.

Step 6: Add Salt

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Measure one and a half teaspoons of salt and add it to the bread pan.

Step 7: Add Flour

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Measure and add three cups of bread flour to the bread pan.

Step 8: Add Sugar

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Add one tablespoon of sugar to the bread pan.

Step 9: Add Poppy Seeds

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Add one and a half teaspoons of Poppy Seeds to the baking pan.

Traceyls1 month ago
I have been making this recipe exactly like it says for about 2 years now. It comes out perfect every time. I have given it as gifts too. Thank you for making all your fails to give us the perfection. :)

I make this all the time, but I only use the dough cycle of the bread machine and then after that cycle is done, I put it in a slightly oiled bowl, flip it over and cover it with plastic wrap till it doubles. Then I put it in an oblong 6x9x2 inch casserole dish that I coat with shortening..;..into the oven at 350 for 20 minutes and then tent foil over it for another 20 minutes. I love using this in 2" wide slices, as I make a slit down the middle from the top, without going thru the sides and bottom and stuff it with flavored cream cheese and then dip it in my French toast batter.....sprinkle some powdered sugar on it and a couple of dollops of whipped cream....oh so good

debbylm5674 months ago
If I wanted to make this non-dairy (parve), could i use margarine, or should I use oil?

Will i be able to braid the dough and bake it in the oven as a traditional Challah?

eoniverse5 months ago
Make this bread.You will not regret it. Like others I thought the dough a lot too wet. It barely held a dough ball kneading. In fact even reading all comments before making it...i was sure it was wrong. I added approx 2/3 cup more flour and an 1/8 extra teaspoon of yeast.It was still VERY sticky and dough still accumulated slightly under the kneading blades. I wanted to add more flour but resisted and i'm glad i did. It turned out amazing. Light and flavorful and easy to slice. I find it slightly on the sweet side and the texture is in the Challah family but its not quite. Still this egg bread is excellent. One of the best recipes i have found and made.
boogiewu6 months ago
sherry.heim.36 months ago

This dough appears more like a heavy batter in your machine. Do not be disappointed or concerned, it will make a beautiful loaf of tender and delicious bread. It makes a great sandwich if you can keep yourself from eating it all before there is time to make a sandwich. I scraped down the sides of the pan after the first mixing.

SherylL110 months ago

Just made your bread this evening, and it came out great! I wanted to experiment before Friday, but I think I'll set the crust to light for Friday's bread instead of medium. Thanks again for the great recipe!

bhaluk1 year ago
We just tried this and failed :( our dough never turned into a fancy ball, just a yummy smelling puddle of goo. We tried adding more flour after the first rise (during the second kneading cycle) but with no luck. Everyone's loaves look so beautiful though, we'll give it another go! (We're bread machine newbies... so maybe we're missing something. If anyone has advice, we'd be glad to take it!)
bhaluk bhaluk1 year ago
And! spoke too soon, we decided to let it cook all the way till the end even though it never balled up, and ended up with some very good bread :D YAY!!!! Thanks for the great recipe!
Pat_Maroney2 years ago
Never seen it or bought it with poppy seeds. Looks great!
This bread makes some wicked french toast.
Challah at your boy!
I just finished using your recipe to make my own rendition of Challah bread... I put a tablespoon of honey spread and 2 tablespoons of butter, used sesame seeds in lieu of poppy seeds (we ran out!). I also got really bored and made two different loaf renditions, haha. What else is there to do at 2:00 A.M. on a weekday? Plus, I'll just give them away.
Anywho, awesome recipe and thanks for contributing to Instructables!
S1893 years ago
Here we go... thanks again for the recipe!
S1893 years ago
This looks excellent! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe!
angelabchua4 years ago
This looks yummy and incredibly simple. Great pics!