Challah-Inspired, Homemade Bread

A challah-inspired, homemade bread perfect for a season filled with delicious stews and comfort foods. Happy Fall, y’all.

Challah bread has a distinctive braid, which symbolizes the coming together of family and friends. It is a bread of celebration in Jewish tradition. I love the slightly-sweet flavor, the golden crust, and the symbolism. A perfect bread for the fall season.

This bread does not last very long in our household. It is also delicious with our Egg-free Frittata recipe – perfect for a plant-based brunch. There has never been an easier time to eat more plants.

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Ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients
    • 2 (1/4 oz) packets of rapid rise yeast
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 2 Tbsp. sea salt
    • 7 cups all-purpose flour
    • Sesame seeds (black and/or white)
  • Wet Ingredients
    • 6 Tbsp. Aquafaba (as the egg-replacer)
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1/4 cup oil
    • 2 cups warm water
  • Egg-free Egg Wash
    • 2 Tbsp. plain almond milk
    • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Make the “Yeast Mixture”
    • Combine the 2 packets of rapid rise yeast, the 2/3 cup sugar, and 2 cups warm water. Cover with a cloth, and let it rise for 10 minutes!
  • In a big mixing bowl, beat the 6 Tbsp. Aquafaba. Add 4 cups of the flour, the Yeast Mixture, the vanilla, the sea salt, and the oil. Mix well.
  • Add the remaining 3 cups of flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes to get a soft dough!
  • Cover with a cloth, and keep the dough in a warm place for 2-3 hrs to let it rise before baking!
  • After 2-3 hrs, the dough is now double in size. On a clean surface, spread some flour, put the dough on that surface, and cut the dough in half.
  • Take one half of the dough and cut it into 3 equal sizes. Roll each piece into equal size strands. Now braid the strands together by starting from the top – attaching them together and braid till the end.
  • Repeat the step above with the other half of the dough.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the two loaves with the Egg-free Egg Wash.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds.
  • Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes.

Makes 2 Loaves of Bread