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Honey Challah


Whether for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, or the dinner before Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement when Jews fast, a beautiful honey challah is one of the treats of the holiday season. Pure honey sets this recipe apart, ensuring a moist texture and beautiful golden brown color. It’s simply splendid for French toast or for brunch anytime: If you’re invited as a guest, make everyone happy and bring a loaf or two. This recipe yields two loaves. Find more recipes on













Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 cups whole-wheat flour
½ ounce yeast, active dry
(rapid rising)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 cups water
½ cup honey
¼ cup butter
2 each eggs
1 x sesame seeds
or poppy seeds (optional)


  1. Combine the flours in large bowl; remove 1 cup and set aside. Add yeast and salt to remaining flour in bowl.

  2. Combine the water, honey and butter in medium bowl; stir until butter melts. Stir the warm liquids into the flour mixture; add the eggs.

  3. Knead the dough on a lightly-floured board for 7 to 10 minutes, adding as much of the reserved flour as necessary to form a smooth, elastic dough. Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.

  4. Halve the dough and shape it into balls. Place them on greased cookie sheets. Cover; let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until they have doubled in size.

  5. Brush the loaves with the glaze made by beating 1 egg yolk with 1 teaspoon of water.

  6. Sprinkle the tops of the loaves with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake at 350°F for 45 to 55 minutes or until brown. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 112g (4.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 28314% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Sugars g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 16%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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