Easter Bread (Challah) – Willey’s Weekly Bake 137


JPEG image-01F8A3A75AD6-14This weeks bake I discovered in the Waitrose magazine after I was on a hunt for another bread style Willey’s Weekly Bake as on Thursday I am off to the land of the best bread aka France where I will be indulging in all the cheese, bread and wine you can think of! This bread though is a traditional Jewish bread which is typically eaten at the Friday Sabbath meal. I loved this bread warm with butter, it has a slightly sweet taste that reminds me of brioche.

Ingredients for bread 

  • 3 tbsp of Caster sugar
  • 250g Plain flour
  • 250g Strong white bread flour
  • 2 tsp of Yeast
  • 1.5 tsp of Sea salt – use a grinder to make smaller
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs

Ingredients for glaze

  • 1 eggs
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Add the yeast to a jug with 200ml of Luke warm water and 1 tbsp of sugar and mix, leave for 5-10 minutes until frothy. JPEG image-01F8A3A75AD6-13
  2. In a large stand mixer add the flour, salt and sugar and mix to ensure fully combined. JPEG image-01F8A3A75AD6-7
  3. Create a well in the centre and add the eggs, vegetable oil and yeast mixture.
  4. Put the mixer on medium speed until the dough comes together then knead on high speed for 6 minutes until soft and stretchy. JPEG image-01F8A3A75AD6-8
  5. Cover the bowl with cling film and a tea towel and leave to rise until at least doubled in size, this took about 1.45 for me. JPEG image-01F8A3A75AD6-2
  6. Once risen then divide the dough into 6 equal pieces (about 150g). jpeg-image-01f8a3a75ad6-9.jpeg
  7. Then roll them out into sausage shapes 40cm long. JPEG image-01F8A3A75AD6-3
  8. Then pinch the sausages together and plait using an 6 strand plait. (I recommend watching a youtube video or other tutorials as mine wasn’t the best so I wasn’t going to try and explain in). JPEG image-01F8A3A75AD6-10
  9. Place on a baking tray and leave to rise covered in cling film for another hour.
  10. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  11. Brush the plait with egg making sure to cover all the creases, leave to dry and brush again and then sprinkle with the sesame seeds. JPEG image-01F8A3A75AD6-4
  12. Bake in the oven for 25minutes or until golden brown on top.
  13. Leave to cool slightly and enjoy!


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