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Bread Machine Challah

An easy way to make challah every week.

  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 2 medium loaves or 1 large


  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs (2 for the dough + 1 for brushing before baking)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp flakey sea salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp yeast

To top:

  • sesame seeds or topping of your choice


  1. Place all the ingredients into machine in order listed and set machine on “dough” setting.
  2. Let sit in machine 60-90 minutes after the machine has completed its cycle.
  3. Remove dough. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Braid dough into desired shape.
  5. Beat remaining egg with 1 tsp water in a small bowl. Brush liberally over challah. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or the topping of your choice.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes. After the challah has baked for 15 minutes, do a second brush with the reserved egg mix — this gives the challah a beautiful, shiny gloss.
  • Author: Leora Kimmel Greene
  • Prep Time: 1.5 hours
  • Cook Time: 1.5 hours
  • Category: Challah
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Jewish