Sweet Bread (Challah) Recipe for Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Last week it was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. To celebrate it with all our children relocated from Israel, we invited Maya’s mum Efrat to come today to bake a Challah with us at our centre in Celbridge. Challah is a special Jewish braided bread. The one made for Rosh Hashanah is made with honey to wish you a sweet New Year. The children had so much fun with this activity and the end result tasted delicious. Efrat has kindly shared the recipe with us below so you can have a go at making it for yourselves at home.



1 kg Plain Flour
2 Tablespoons of Dry Yeast
1 Tablespoons of Salt
¼ Cup of White Sugar (50 gr)
¼ Cup of Honey
2 Big Eggs
1/3 Cup of Oil (80 ml)
1 Cup of Lukewarm Water




  1. Put the flour and yeast and stir.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed and knead about 10 minutes until the dough is soft and a little bit sticky.
  3. Place the dough in a bowl covered with a towel in a warm place for about an hour and a half, until the dough doubled in size.
  4. Flour the work surface and a rolling pin. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, size of 20 X 50 cm.
  5. Make short cuts in the dough, parallel to the short sides of the rectangle. The cuts should be within 2 cm apart, and should end about 2 cm before the end of the long sides
  6. Roll the dough from its long edge and connect the two ends to obtain the shape of a crown.
  7. Carefully transfer to a baking pan lined with baking paper, brush the crown with a beaten egg and let rise for about two hours, until the dough doubled in size.
  8. Towards the end of swelling, preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  9. Bake for 40-30 minutes, until the bread is golden.

Wishing you all Shana Tova!!!  A Happy & Sweet New Year!!!


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