Easy Bread Machine Challah

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This quick and easy challah bread machine recipe is perfect for making a simple challah loaf for a family dinner or slicing up for amazing French toast. Cube the bread for the lightest and fluffiest bread pudding.

A fresh baked challah loaf is in the bread machine pan cooling on a wire rack.

I've been using challah bread as the key ingredient to my fluffy French toast recipe forever! Readers have often asked me where to find challah bread, it's not always available at their local grocery store.

If you've wanted to try challah bread for French toast or one of these amazing bread pudding recipes but can't seem to find it, it takes just 5 minutes to pop the ingredients into a bread machine pan and bake your own.

The loaf can be frozen and used later if you want to make your special breakfast even easier.

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What is Challah Bread?

As I was writing The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook, this question came up with the test readers I asked for feedback.

Challah bread is a traditional Jewish egg bread that is made from water, eggs, oil, and sweetened with just a little honey. The loaf is light and fluffy with a delicate crust and has a beautiful golden color.

Often challah breads are braided and then coated with a sprinkle of poppy seeds, especially when they are served as part of a special holiday celebration.

This particular challah recipe is for a simple loaf meant to be enjoyed on a busy day.

If you have more time, you could add the same ingredients to the bread machine and select the DOUGH program and braid and bake the bread in your oven.

The Difference Between Challah and Brioche

This was the key detail that seemed to confuse many of my readers. While challah and brioche have a very similar texture, there is a one main difference between the two:

While the challah bread is made with more eggs and oil, a brioche is a butter based bread and is sweetened with regular sugar rather than the honey.


The short list of ingredients makes this bread machine recipe extra easy:

The ingredients to make the challah bread are on the counter next to the bread machine pan.
  • Bread Flour
  • Eggs
  • Canola Oil
  • Honey
  • Instant Yeast
  • Salt

Be sure to check the recipe card for quantities and full instructions.

Add the Wet Ingredients First

As with every bread machine recipe, you want to add the wet ingredients to the bread pan first.

Be sure you have the paddle attachment in place before you begin!

Add the water, oil, eggs, and honey to the pan.

Eggs, water, oil, and honey are in the bread machine pan with the paddle attachment.

Add the Dry Ingredients

Next, add the dry ingredients right on top of the wet ones.

Add the flour, salt, and yeast.

I always add the salt around the perimeter of the pand and make a small well to add the yeast in the center like this:

The flour, salt, and yeast have been added to the bread machine pan.

Watch the Texture

Pop the bread pan into your bread machine and select the Basic/White program.

Keep an eye on it as it mixes, the dough starts out fairly wet and the machine may have trouble mixing in the corners of the pan. Use a silicone spatula to scrape the corners if needed.

As the machine kneads the dough, it should form a smooth ball that is slightly sticky when pressed but not sticky enough to cling to the walls of the pan.

The dough is being kneaded by the bread machine and shows the proper smooth texture.

If your bread is sticking to the pan, add a little more flour just 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting for a minute between each addition.

If your bread is too dry, add more water just 1 teaspoon at a time until the dough comes together.

You can remove the paddle after the second rise which makes your bread easier to release from the baking pan.

The entire baking cycle should take about 3 hours and you'll have a warm, golden brown challah loaf:

The finished challah loaf is cooling in the bread machine pan.

Storage Tips

Remove the bread from the pan within the first 5 minutes or so to prevent it from steaming and getting soggy on the bottom.

Let the loaf cool completely before storing in an airtight bag at room temperature for to 3 - 5 days.

The challah bread can also be frozen to be enjoyed later.

Serving Suggestions

If you're serving this for a special Rosh Hashanah feast, you may also enjoy my fresh apple cake with honey or my chicken pot pie soup with fresh leeks. Be sure to check out the full list of Rosh Hashanah recipes here.

If you're serving this for a special Hanukkah dinner, you may also enjoy my potato latkes and roast chicken or any of these 18 easy Hanukkah recipes for busy nights.

Otherwise, you could use challah bread to make delicious French toast or use it as a substitution in most bread pudding recipes:

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Make ahead potato latkes (or potato pancakes) taste great with my easy homemade applesauce.

And this easy roasted chicken is perfect for enjoying as-is or for making your own cooked chicken for the matzo ball soup.

📖 Recipe

A fresh baked challah loaf is in the bread machine pan cooling on a wire rack.

Bread Machine Challah Bread

4.65 from 48 votes
This challah bread loaf is the easiest homemade bread to enjoy for Hanukkah. The dough could be braided and then baked in the oven if you prefer, but the simple bread machine loaf is wonderful as well. This traditional Jewish egg bread makes absolutely amazing French toast and bread puddings as well.
TOTAL TIME 3 hours 5 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 3 hours
YIELD 1 2-pound Loaf


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 cups (548 g) bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • OPTIONAL: 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  • Add the ingredients to your bread machine’s baking pan in the order listed from water to yeast.
  • Choose the Basic or White program setting based on your machine’s options. Select the coordinating setting for your loaf size on your machine and press “Start.”
  • When the loaf is done, remove it from the bread pan and transfer it to a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
  • OPTIONAL: 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds can be sprinkled over the dough before the third rise if desired.
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A loaf of challah bread has just been baked in a bread machine pan.


  1. I have the bread In the machine at the moment! You say you can remove paddle after second rise. Would that deflate the dough? Thanks

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Most bread machines have an alarm/beep when it is ok to remove the paddles. I just carefully slip my fingers under the dough to grab it, I don't dump the whole dough out of the machine. As long as you're gentle, and do it at the time your machine alerts you, it should work perfectly.

    1. Hi Donna,
      You'd want to use canola so that the flavor is the same. You wouldn't want to use olive oil, for example. You could also use vegetable oil if you prefer.

    1. If you add an extra tablespoon of honey it could affect the rise. Too much sugar affects how the yeast works in the recipe. But, it would be worth an experiment!

      1. Yes, you could definitely do that! Just add the cinnamon to the dry ingredients and hold the raisins until your bread machine lets you know it's time to add the mix-ins.

  2. I’ve been searching for days for a simple Challah Bread Machine recipe. Thanks so much for your recipe. I haven’t made the recipe yet, but when I do, I will post how it did. Thanks.

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