Spelt Challah

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The braided challah is the Jewish holiday bread. This sweet, golden and eggy bread is made in various sizes and shapes, all of which have a meaning. Round loaves are baked for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) to symbolize continuity. For extra sweetness, you can add raisins to the dough. The inspiration for this delicious challah comes from whatsonmyplate.

  • 120 ml Water, lukewarm
  • 80 ml Milk, lukewarm
  • 60 ml Coconut oil, melted and cool to room temperature
  • 60 ml Honey
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 560 g White spelt flour
  • 8 g Fine sea salt
  • 20 g Fresh yeast
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds for topping
  1. In the pan of your bread machine, fill in liquid ingredients, then white spelt flour, salt and the yeast. Select the “Dough” cycle, and press “Start”.
  2. Once the “Dough” cycle is done, transfer the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it briefly. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Take one portion of dough and divide into 4 equal portions. Roll each piece into a rope. Arrange ropes in a criss-cross pattern and braid into a round.
  3. Place braided round on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with another half. Or divide another half into 6-7 small portions to make dinner buns. Round up each piece and place them on another baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Whisk a small egg, brush dough all over and sprinkle the challah with sesame seeds. Let rise again until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Bake the challah for about 30 minutes, and 22 minutes for the small buns, until golden and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool the bread on wire rack completely.

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Elisabeth 16/12/13 05:35

Wow...I hope I'm the first commenter on your beautiful, and perfectly delicious round Challah bread with spelt flour! Would be so perfect for the holiday! Love the photos...superb, as always!

Still going to backtrack on your previous post, which I think I'm the last one on that comment!

Shirley 16/12/13 05:36

So beautiful! I had Challah French Toast for breakfast this morning, but I bet it would have tasted better with your made-from-scratch challah. Does spelt change the texture from the traditional challah at all, make it denser?

jasna varcakovic 16/12/13 07:37

Beautifully done; perfect colour and spongy texture. Yum!

Gerry @Foodness Gracious 16/12/13 07:55

Geez Angie, everything you make looks great but your bread is always amazing!!

noobcook 16/12/13 08:11

your bread looks lovely! I need to learn to bake my own bread someday.

Angie's Recipes 16/12/13 08:53

@Shirley I don't think so, Shirley, as I used white spelt flour, not the wholegrain spelt, for the bread.

Rosa's Yummy Yums 16/12/13 09:14

Beautiful and very tempting!



Victoria Bakes 16/12/13 09:19

what a beautiful challah! i love that a lot of your recipes are gluten free

Esther Lau 16/12/13 09:41

Angie, I love the shape of your bread, beautiful!!!

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today 16/12/13 11:00

I love to experiment with breads and will make this one for sure.

MunatyCooking 16/12/13 11:50

You know how crazy I am about the breads you bake, soon I'll be having this beauty in my oven :)

Joanne 16/12/13 13:15

That challah is a beauty!!

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Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 16/12/13 13:51

Challah has such a festive look about it and it's perfect for the holidays (and french toast too).

The Yum List 16/12/13 14:55

This looks at though it has a lovely texture.

Unknown 16/12/13 15:26

That is such a beautiful challah bread. Love the deep golden colour and the crumbs look perfect.

Susan 16/12/13 15:37

Angie, both of my granddaughters are Lactose-intolerant...can I substitute the milk for Lactaid, Almond, Rice, or Soy? This bread looks wonderful and will be one I try while they're here for the holidays, XOXO

Eva Taylor 16/12/13 15:39

Simply gorgeous. I really love how beautiful the inside turned out too. I must try to find some white spelt flour I know my brother who is eating gluten free would really love it.
Eva http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com

ann low 16/12/13 16:17

Angie, You're always so good in making beautiful breads, I must learn from you one day.

Gloria Baker 16/12/13 16:41

Beautiful challah!! Love this Angie!xx

sprinklesandsauce 16/12/13 16:46

Spelt is something we have not tried in a while! Thanks for reminding us of it!

Koko 16/12/13 16:46

Gorgeous! Challah is such a treat. It looks perfect inside and out!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 16/12/13 17:39

I've always wanted to make this bread. Your loaf is so pretty - the color, the shine - the beautiful middle. Yum!

Unknown 16/12/13 17:40

That looks phenomenal! YUM

Pam 16/12/13 17:55

Another beautiful loaf of bread... you are such a talented bread maker!

Unknown 16/12/13 19:29

That challah is one of the perfect looking bread Angie.
Looks so beautiful, will be so nice for the holidays. Pinning.

Angie's Recipes 16/12/13 19:37

@SusanI have used soya milk to make sweet buns before and they did turn out great too. So yes, you can use soya or even rice milk in this recipe.

Unknown 16/12/13 19:39

Perfection, Angie! Low those yeast breads, simple (in taste) and soooo delicious. Never seen white spelt around here...:) ela

Hema 16/12/13 19:42

Bread looks awesome, I love all your breads Angie, wish I could get the ingredients here to try them..

Julia | JuliasAlbum.com 16/12/13 20:57

Angie, this is one of the most gorgeous loaves of Challah bread I've ever seen! Pinned!

Unknown 16/12/13 21:03

Can I have a slice of that?

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 16/12/13 21:38

This is a favorite, I would definitely keep on snacking on this... yum!

grace 16/12/13 21:54

i'm such a fan of challah bread--it makes some magnificent french toast! fantastic version, angie. :)

Norma Chang 16/12/13 23:03

A wonderful gluten free challah.

Rosita Vargas 17/12/13 01:05

Què delicia te ha quedado me encanta mi querida Angie,tomo nota,abrazos.

Kathy 17/12/13 01:30

Simply gorgeous loaf! I would love to grab a piece right off the screen! You are so creative!

Belinda 17/12/13 01:57

That is one gorgeous loaf!!

pepper bowl 17/12/13 04:06

Bread looks loaded with flavors....Love all your tempting clicks!!

kitchen flavours 17/12/13 04:32

Such a beautiful loaf of bread!

Sokehah cheah 17/12/13 05:28

I like the big round one, so cute.... Good clicks!

Nammi 17/12/13 05:56

wow, that bread looks soooooo beautiful!!!

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker 17/12/13 06:06

I almost missed this recipe, didn't know you published two on the same day. Well, this challah is just gorgeous! I love the specs of sesame seeds on top. Delicious Angie! :)

Tertúlia da Susy 17/12/13 10:31

Uma verdadeira delicia...
Bjs, Susana
Nota: Ver os passatempos a decorrer no meu blog:

jehanne@thecookingdoctor 17/12/13 11:39

You are the bread queen, Angie! I am salivating over the gorgeous braid u made..impressive :-)

Ana Regalado 17/12/13 13:58

I have yet to make challah , hopefully , I can try it next year :D Both your challah and the buns look fantastic !

Vicki Bensinger 17/12/13 14:08

Angie your challah looks so much better than the one I purchased at Whole Foods the other day and that one was stunning. I love hat this recipe uses coconut oil and spelt flour. I will definitely try this, although I will be making mine by hand and kneaded the dough myself. Thanks so much for sharing this. Beautiful photos.

Shu Han 17/12/13 15:09

Angie! That looks stunning!! Well, your photography and styling's always stunning, but this one is really gorgeous. I love that this uses coconut oil and spelt flour, two of the things my nutritionist friend was trying to MAKE me eat for health. I have been enjoying spelt pancakes, but there are onyl how many pancakes one can take. This is a great one- definitely trying this for sure. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely christmas!

Erica 17/12/13 15:33

Your Challah bread looks delicious,Angie!You are an amazing baker!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 17/12/13 17:56

I have always admired challah and the beautiful braided designs. Yours is perfect!

Lenia 17/12/13 18:19

It is so beautiful!!!Wonderful pics as always!
Many kisses from Greece,dear Angie!

Ann Jones 17/12/13 18:19

Beautiful bread! I bet it was delicious :)

lena 17/12/13 18:51

such a beautiful challah and i especially like the dark golden brown crust!

Evelyne CulturEatz 17/12/13 20:22

Challah is a treat I do enjoy so much and yours is no exception. Never saw a healthy twist to it with spelt instead. Looks amazing (Challah french toast in the morning yum)

violeta pasat 17/12/13 20:48

Angie,your bread looks delicious!I've never made challah before but it's something I want to make one day!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 17/12/13 21:20

Love this challah, Angie, particularly the use of the coconut oil! Can't wait to give it a try! Thanks!

Jeannie Tay 18/12/13 02:17

Beautifully baked, I love the deep golden color of this bread!

Reeni 18/12/13 02:50

Gorgeous challah bread Angie! It looks so soft and inviting with that golden browned top!

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness 18/12/13 04:44

Angie, your bread is beautiful. I love your pictures.

Pilar. Cook and Spoon 18/12/13 16:47

It looks so soft and inviting. Perfect to enjoy this holidays.

fimere 18/12/13 21:50

magnifique et délicieux bravo
bonne soirée

Terra 19/12/13 04:47

I still need to try making Challah, it is on my to-do list for sure! I love how shiny and gorgeous your loaf of challah looks! Perfect treat to enjoy during the holiday season:-) Hugs, Terra

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 19/12/13 06:00

Your challah is gorgeous Angie -- what a success; beautifully braided and a delightful golden colour. I have enjoyed challah many times but I think they were made with all purpose flour -- I suspect spelt would be delightful indeed.

Anonymous 19/12/13 23:34

MMMM,...This is one pretty amazing spelt challah, dear Angie! A must amke tomorrow!
Waw,........:) A perfect Christmas bread to enjoy for all! xxx

Yi @ Yi Reservation 20/12/13 03:49

This is one of my favorite bread all time. I just love to have it around my kitchen so I can make some quick french toast in the morning. Thanks for the recipe!

Unknown 20/12/13 23:32

I don't think I've ever seen a challah recipe that uses spelt flour before- looks amazing!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes 29/12/13 12:26

Using white spelt flour is the perfect alternative Angie! Love the pics too, so shiny and perfectly braided! Have a wonderful beginning of 2014!

Lora 30/12/13 23:27

Right up my alley. Thanks for this recipe. Brilliant.

Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. 28/3/14 14:53

The challah looks perfect Angie! Now I'm hungry..

Sandy Soto 2/6/14 03:55

I love it! but if I don't have a bread machine? Can you tell us the directions please? Thaks :)

Angie's Recipes 2/6/14 04:53

@Sandra Soto
It's very much like making a basic bread dough. You first proof the yeast, then mix with the rest of dough ingredients to form a dough, and knead until smooth and elastic. Rest until double in volume, gently press the air out, the rest is the same.


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