Kayla's Challah

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Homemade Challah

This hearty, healthy challah is made with white and whole wheat flours and features additional grains for a flavor explosion.

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  • 53 oz white flour
  • 27 oz whole wheat flour
  • 12 teaspoons yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups warm water (approx), divided
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon kosher salt


  1. Sift the flour. Sifting aerates the flour and makes for a lighter loaf.
  2. In a large bowl dissolve 12 tsp yeast mixed in 2 cups of warm water (1 cup hot and 1 cup cold is perfect) plus 2/3 cup of the sugar.
  3. When the yeast becomes foamy, add the flour to the bowl and knead.
  4. Lightly beat the egg together with the oil and salt and add to bowl.
  5. Add the remaining sugar and 2 1/2 cups of warm water and knead for about ten minutes.
  6. Add a bit more warm water as needed. The dough should be a bit sticky because the whole wheat flour needs more time to absorb the water.
  7. Let the dough rise, covered, in a warm place. Punch down the dough every 20 minutes for an hour. By this time it should be risen and ready for shaping.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. "Take challah" with a brocha*, shape and let rise. Coat with egg wash, seeds, etc . as desired.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes to 1 hour (depending on the size of the loaves/rolls) or until dark golden brown.


When you remove the challahs from the pans, they will be very moist on the bottom due to moisture retention in the pan. Place them in a hot oven directly on the rack to dry them out and crisp them up.

Feel free to add a handful (or two or more) of oatmeal, ground flax seeds, and raisins to this recipe. Sprinkle oatmeal and seeds on top, too, for a rich earthy look.

*The flour in this recipe amounts to a total of five pounds.

Contributed by:Happy Home

For some, Shabbos means white challah, which is sometimes considered special, more eidel, more refined. But if you prefer a less refined (pun intended) browner challah-one that is a bit healthier, try this challah recipe that uses a lot of whole wheat and some other goodies.