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5 Star Water Challah Recipe

Updated: Feb 26, 2019

5 lb flour

5 cups warm water

4 Tablespoons yeast

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/4 cups oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons salt

Optional: Egg for brushing Challahs

Pour lukewarm water – should feel warm to the touch – into mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast over water. Add sugar. Let mixture stand for seven minutes. Add oil and salt plus half the flour and mix for five minutes. Then add remaining flour and knead for 10 minutes. Allow dough to rest for five minutes. Then knead for two more minutes and transfer dough to large mixing bowl.

Spray top with cooking oil and turn to coat both sides. Cover dough with your Challah Dough Cover. * (Tip: Spread plastic wrap over the dough before covering with your Challah Dough Cover to keep your cover clean and fresh.) Set dough in a warm place and allow to rise for one hour or until doubled in bulk. Take Challah.

Divide into four pieces for large Challahs or six pieces for small Challahs. Form Challahs and let rise for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 350º F. Optional: Brush Challahs with beatenegg and sprinkle your choice of toppings. Bake in preheated oven,for one hour rotating trays halfway through baking.

* Remember to snap a photo :) and email it to

Adapted from The Bais Yaakov Cookbook.


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