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Key Challah - Schlissel

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The first Shabbat after Passover it is time to make a Key Challah - Schlissel or hide a key inside your challah for someone special to find. Doing so will be a good sign for you to have a successful year ahead.

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  • 1 loaf ServingsServings


  • 4 1/2 cups of lukewarm water (baby's bath temperature)
  • 2 flat tablespoons of instant yeast
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of oil
  • 1 egg
  • 14 cups of flour (approxmiately. amount varies depending on the climate) You can use all white, part whole wheat or a mixture.
  • 2 tablespoons salt (add the salt last or else it may retard the growth of the dough)


Dissolve yeast and sugar in water. No need to proof with dry instant yeast.

Add other wet ingredients and mix together. Slowly add the flour as you knead the dough. Continue kneading until the dough is soft and no longer sticks to your hands when you touch it. Approximately 5 minutes.

Oil the kneaded loaf and cover. Leave in warm place until doubled in size (time depends on temperature of your kitchen)

Punch down and form into braids and keys.

Let rise again for 45 minutes to one hour (no more or loaves will start to spread too much).

Glaze with one beaten egg or three egg yolks mixed with two tablespoons of olive oil.

Decorate with poppy and sesame seeds.

Bake in preheated oven at 180 C or 350 F until both sizes are brown.

Appox 35 minutes baking time, Freezes well.