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Poppy Seed Challah Bread

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Poppy Seed Challah Bread

A braided bread made from dough that is enriched with eggs and oil. Traditionally a Jewish Sabbath and holiday bread.

Poppy Seed Challah Bread recipe

servings: 6

total time: 4 hours

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  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 TBSP raw honey
  • 1 packet active dry yeast (about 2 tsp)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup flavorless cooking oil plus a little extra
  • 3 large eggs (1 egg reserved for glaze)
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds


  1. Stir together the water, honey, and yeast in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl. Stir in the flour, salt, 1/4 cup of oil, and 2 of the eggs until a dough forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

  2. Knead the dough by hand for about 8 minutes or in the stand mixer with a dough hook for about 5 minutes.

  3. Form the dough into a smooth ball and place in a large bowl with a little oil. Flip the dough ball around to lightly coat in the oil. Loosely cover the bowl and set in a warm place to allow the dough to rise, about 2 hours.

  4. Divide the dough into 3 equal size pieces and roll each piece into a rope about 15 inches in length.

  5. Place the ropes side by side with about 1 inch between them. Pinch the ends of the ropes together on one side and fold a little underneath. Braid the ropes by taking a rope on one side and passing it over the center rope (now the rope you just passed over then center rope is the NEW center rope), now take the rope on the other side and pass it over the NEW center rope (which is the first rope you moved over). Continue this pattern alternating sides until you get to the end. When you get to the end pinch the ropes together and fold a little underneath.

  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and carefully place the braided loaf on top. Loosely cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel for 1 hour.

  7. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

  8. Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl and brush it all over the top and sides of the bread loaf (give it a good coating, but you probably wont use all of the egg). Sprinkle on the poppy seeds.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until its a deep golden brown.


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