5 Pounds of Challah


I love baking challah. When I taught 3-year-olds, I baked it with them every week. That made me an expert on kneading the dough by hand and knowing what it should feel like before setting it aside to rise. I still occasionally baked challah, in big batches and small ones, and always by hand.

Last year I got one of the greatest presents ever for my birthday: a Bosch Universal Plus mixer! It is THE ultimate kitchen toy for bread making. Just throw the wet ingredients in the bowl, top with flour, and mix. There was a bit of a learning curve using a machine vs. my hands to make the dough. I never knew how long to mix and stopped the mixer every few seconds till I thought it felt right. I actually still do that sometimes, since bread baking is different based on the weather, your mood, and just about anything.

Oh, I’m not trying to scare you and tell you it’s hard. I actually think baking bread is quite easy and very forgiving once you have some practice. And if you don’t forget to add salt, which I have done before. Don’t make that mistake.

I realize that though we have a couple of challah recipes on the blog, this is my new favorite recipe and I haven’t shared it with you yet!!Due to an overwhelmingly popular post on Facebook and Instagram, with a bunch of emails and messages asking for the recipe, I had to post it to share with everyone.

There’s nothing like the smell of challah filling your whole kitchen and house, especially when you bake it on a Friday, which I love to do (when I’m not cooking Shabbat dinner. Otherwise, make this any day of the week.)

Oh, and while I love to make zaatar challah and everything spice challah, my mom prefers plain challah, and since most of my challah goes to her, I most often make plain ones. Those seeds just get every where!

This recipe comes from Chef at Home:


  • Alison @ Alibabka

    I desperately need a bosch! I make challah in my kitchen aid and need to take it out midway to add more flour or it will fly everywhere!
    Challahs look great!

    • i always found making it by hand was easier than using the kitchen aid. LOVE the bosch.

  • Well at this point not getting a new machine; my Kitchen Aid works for me and like you, I stop the mixer to consider when it feels right. I think you can’t time bread dough precisely. Is there anything better than challah?

    • NOTHING better than challah!

  • LilMissCakes

    I love baking challah. I wish I had more time to bake it every week. Yours looks picture perfect!

    • the best part about making 5 pounds at once is that i make 6 loaves – don’t have to do it every week!

  • Your challah is gorgeous.

    • thank you! years of practicing with play dough (and the real stuff) 🙂

  • mayihavethatrecipe

    Beautiful Challot! I usually use my bread maker to make the challah dough, even though is too small. I want to try this recipe specially adding zaatar.

  • Sarah Klinkowitz

    Your challah looks incredible!