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Yael’s Challah

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Recipe Information

Recipe Created By: Yael Weinstein and Tamar Stitelman


1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp oil
1 1/4 cups water
3 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup rice or other milk alternative


Place ingredients into bread machine in order that they appear, except the last two. Put in the bread machine on the dough setting. After the dough setting finishes punch down one more time and let rise 1 hour more in bread machine.

Take out and shape in desired shape or in bread pan and bake at 350 °F for 35 minutes.

For glaze when bread is in the oven take 1/4 cup rice milk (or what ever milk you can use) and 2 Tbsp sugar. Heat in small sauce pan for 2-3 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Once the bread comes out of the oven brush it over the bread.


My mother and I make a 7 braided challah.

Roll out 7 strands.

Take two and twist together 2 times.

Make a 3 strand bread.

Take the two twists place them side by side and pinch together on the top and bottom.

Place the 3 strand braid on top of the other two and pull both top and bottom under the challah.


Use whatever milk or alternative is safe for your family.
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