Bonnie’s Challah

Bonnie's Challah
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SUBMITTED BY: Dr. Amy Eisenberg

Why I LOVE THIS RECIPE: My dear sister Bonnie Eisenberg Greene gave me this wonderful challah recipe

ATTRIBUTION: Bonnie Eisenberg Greene's Challah Recipe

  • 3 packets of yeast
  • 12 cups of flour
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4-6 eggs
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 6 TBSP honey

  • Dissolve the 3 packets of yeast in the cup of warm water, adding about a teaspoon of sugar. Set aside but check occasionally to see if it is starting to develop a foam (that's good!).
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together well (flour, salt, sugar).
  • Make a well in the middle of the dry mixture and add all the wet ingredients. Add the yeast mixture (only if it has foamed, or is showing some activity--if it hasn't, you need to do the yeast over again).
  • Mix it all together, kneading it until it is smooth (no flour lumps).
  • If it is too watery or sticky, add flour in small amounts from time to time as you go. You should knead the dough for at least five or six minutes. I always like to work on the dough with cooking oil on my hands--it makes it easier to handle.
  • After the dough is kneaded, you need to set it aside, covered, and let it rise to about twice its original size (that takes a few hours--oh, by the way, make sure you are using a mixing bowl big enough to accommodate it!).
  • After it rises, punch the dough down back to its original size, turn it over in the bowl and let it rise again. You can refrigerate it overnight where it will rise again.
  • After the second rising, punch it down again and then it is ready to be shaped on a flour surface. Again, use oil or flour on your hands to minimize any stickiness.
  • Brush the shaped dough lightly with egg and sprinkle poppy seed or sesame seeds on the top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes and the outside is a golden shade of brown. (if you shaped it while it is still cold from the refrigerator, either let it sit out for a while before you bake it or just add an extra 10 minutes or so to your baking time.
  • Enjoy your challah--SHABBAT SHALOM!


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