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Favorite challah recipes?

holmcooked's picture

Favorite challah recipes?

Hi everybody, I'm wondering what your favorite Challah recipes are. I'm trying to decide between Reinhart's BBA recipe, this Smitten Kitchen / Joan Nathan recipe, this Maggie Glezer recipe, or something else entirely! Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

dstroy's picture

Did you see the challah discussion that's currently linked from the front page? You might find some good ones there.

holmcooked's picture

Yes, thanks, I did but I thought most of it was pretty specific to sourdough versions and I didn't want to hijack the thread. Today I'm not looking for a sourdough challah, but I do think I'll try one next time.

dwcoleman's picture


I love Grandma Rosies challah, she has two variations, a normal one and a super sweet one.


I think somewhere in the middle is best.

chouette22's picture

 ... Maggie Glezer's "A Blessing of Bread" recipe (with pumpkin though) a couple of weeks ago; you can read the post about it here. I really liked it and would highly recommend it. You can find the recipe online if you don't have access to the book.

Edith Pilaf's picture
Edith Pilaf

I like  the Crust & Crumb version better than the BBA version as it is sweeter.  However, I did not care for the yolk glaze -- too egg-y, so I use a whole egg glaze.  I just made Glezer's sourdough challah, and I didn't care for the sourdough tang, and, yes, it was detectible.  Not that it was unpleasant,  but just not what I look for in challah.