Monday, April 18, 2011


I had a fantastic weekend with friends. I hope you had a good time as well. Isn’t spring about new birth and hope of wonderful things to come? And so is a get together for a baby shower! That was the high point of my weekend. My friend, the mother-to-be, was glowing and happy to see us all gather in her honor.  We played games, ate a lot of food and generally had a good time.

  Some of the games were a little distressing because it made me painfully aware how inept I am.  For  example the game - of unscrambling words.  One of the words to unscramble was ‘emtipan’ and I kept thinking that must be ‘emit pan’ confusing the meaning to that of ‘slop jar.’ Yeah, I know! Strange indeed are the patterns of my brain! But finally, when I was told it meant ‘nap time’ I could only put up my hands in defeat, shake my head and hang it low.  But not for long.  There were these adorable children! Just cute enough you could eat them.  Delicious kinds! They kept running and playing around the room. Oh boy, how they make my insides turn into mush with their dimpled smiles and outrageous pranks. Had a real good time with them children!  That made everything else seem trivial.


Let’s get to the more important reason we are all here, the recipe - Challah. A Jewish bread that is delicious! Some of you may disagree because it has a pronounced taste of egg. But as for me, I love it. It is also very pretty to simply lay it out on your table, and see your guests gush out in surprise. And when you tell them you baked it - priceless!


Water – 1 cup
Yeast - 1 packet active dry yeast
Sugar – 1/4 cup + 1 tspn
Eggs – 3
Bread Flour – 3 ½ - 4 cups
Salt – 1 ½ tspn
Oil – ¼ cup + 2 Tbspn

1. Take a big bowl in which you can knead the dough. Pour 1 cup of warm (110 D F) and add the yeast and about 1 tspn of the sugar. Stir and let it stand. It will froth in about 5 – 10 minutes.
2. Add salt and the remaining sugar to 3 1/2 cups of flour and set aside.
3. Beat the egg lightly and reserve about 2 tbspn to brush the bread later.
4. Add the beaten eggs and oil into the bowl, mix well and add the flour, sugar and salt mixture.
5. Using the hook of your hand blender or stand mixer, beat the bread until it leaves the sides of the pan and come together. This should take about 5 to 6 minutes.
6. Dust a clean surface with flour and slide over the dough. Knead until you get a smooth and supple dough
7. Cover and set aside to rise for about 2 hours.
8. Once it has doubled in size, punch down and tucking in the edges make a round smooth dough.
9. Cut them evenly into 6 pieces.
10. Roll them using a little flour if you need to make long strands.
11. Lay all the six strands side by side and join one end, seal and tuck in.
12. Now you braid and tuck the other end.
13. Brush the bread with egg and lay it on a cookie sheet covered to rise. For about 1/2 an hour to 1.
14. Once it doubles brush them with another coating of the egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 375 D F for 35 – 40 minutes.
15. To test if the bread is done knock over the bread and it should sound hollow.
To learn how to braid the bread see a video here.

Contributor: Sunitha


  1. Very addictive and prefectly baked challah,love with nutella spread..yumm!

  2. Soft and yummy, adipoli dear,perfectly baked.

  3. recently my younger's one's class had a bread baking day, and I helped them make challah, tho I never made it at home!....
    It looks so beautiful, I would love to try it out at home!...
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  4. i tell ro that babies are cute and cuddly and nice when its not your own and the moment they start 2 cry or pee or poop you can hand it back to the mom.. yeah not that much of a maternal instinct there i tell ya hehehe
    the challah has a beautiful colour ..i am assuming its something like a brioche then???

  5. Looks like you had a great time at the baby shower. Kids are fun and they make everything around them beautiful and bearable with their innocence and infectious smile. I totally rely on my son for a good time and as a balm when I am unhappy.
    The Challah bread looks fantastic! Beautifully baked!

  6. so pleased you had a fun weekend what a beautiful loaf of bread

  7. this challah looks delicious and soft

  8. The golden color is gorgeous, beautifully baked bread!

  9. a perfectly baked bread...looks too yuummy....

  10. Baked Perfectly dear,luks very nice...

  11. Looks delicious and perfect

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  12. Perfectly baked... Picture perfect :)

  13. Challa bread looks very tempting and perfectly baked

  14. wow sunitha...that looks gorgeous...baked to perfection sorts...seems like u had loads of fun...:)...i love spending time with kids too...:)

  15. Thats a lovely crust S! Beautiful color and perfect texture.

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  16. Love the challah..eyy wot a coincidence, even i spent my weekend having fun at my friend's baby shower :)

  17. beautiful looking challah, the colour shows how well its baked :)

  18. Perfectly well baked loaf of bread. Lovely!!


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