WATCH: Michal Ansky Shows You How to Make a Perfect Challah

Baking a challah is like doing magic. It brings all the family together and makes everyone happier and more relaxed.

Michal does Kosher by Michal Ansky
Michal Ansky shows you how to make kosher challahCredit: Michal does Kosher
Michal does Kosher by Michal Ansky

Baking a challah is like doing magic. It brings all the family together and makes everyone happier and more relaxed.  Here's an easy way of making a kosher challah, without dairy ingredients and with lots of comforting fragrances.

The use of durum flour, alongside the regular unbleached bread flour, gives the challah a buttery feel. Before baking, you can sprinkle the challah with sesame seeds, poppy seeds and even pumpkin seeds.


2 tbsp sugar

1 ¼ cups water

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

2 ½ tbsp honey

5 Tbsp olive oil

1 ½ cups durum flour

1 ½ cups unbleached bread flour

2 tbsp yeast

2.5 tbsp salt

Sesame, poppy or pumpkin seeds (to sprinkled)


1.      Put the sugar, water, eggs, egg yolks, honey and olive oil into a mixing bowl and mix to blend.

2.      Add the two kinds of flour. Knead with a dough hook at a low speed for about 3 minutes. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes in the mixer bowl. Add the yeast and knead at low speed for 1 minute. Add the salt. Knead at medium speed for about 4 minutes until the dough is silky and elastic and gluten develops. Shape the dough into a ball, and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a towel.

3.      Wait for a ½ hour, punch down the dough then let it rise for another ½ hour.

4.      Divide the dough into balls (we made 3-½-ounce balls, but yours can be bigger). Let them rest for a few moments, and roll each ball out into a coil. If a dough ball resists rolling, put it aside for a few moments and try again.

5.      Braid the coils, and glaze the dough with egg. Let it rise for 20-30 minutes. Brush another layer of egg over the braided dough and sprinkle sesame seeds.

6.      Bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes, or until the Challah turns golden brown.