Honey Cake Challah

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2 medium challahs

Prep Time:

15 minutes to make dough, 10 to shape

Bake Time:

35 minutes


store at room temperature for up to 4 days

Advanced Prep:

may be frozen


1 ½ tablespoons dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

¾ cup warm water, divided

¼ cup hot espresso

1/3 cup oil, plus 1 teaspoon to grease bowl

2 teaspoons fine salt

¼ cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs, plus 1 for glazing

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

4 ¾ – 5 cups King Arthur bread flour

Preparation Directions

In a measuring cup, dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and mix in a teaspoon of sugar. Let sit until thick, for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour oil, salt, brown sugar, honey and vanilla into a large bowl. Mix with a whisk. Add the coffee and remaining ¼ cup water and mix again. Add the 2 eggs to the oil mixture.

When the yeast mixture is thick and bubbly, add to the mixing bowl and stir. Add 1 cup of King Arthur Baking bread flour, along with the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg and mix well. Add the next 3 cups, one at a time, and mix well until you do not see any flour before adding the next cup. Add ¼ cup flour and mix in and then another ¼ cup. If the dough is still sticky, add another ¼ cup flour and knead in more slowly than the other additions.

Place dough on a floured surface and add more flour, a tablespoon at a time, and knead the flour in until smooth. You may not use up all of the flour. Just add flour until when you rub your hand across the dough, it doesn’t stick.

Place about 1 teaspoon oil in the bowl and rub around. Return the dough to the bowl, rub the oil on your hand on top of the dough, and cover with plastic or a clean dish towel. Let rise for one hour. Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a round challah. Place on a baking sheet and let rise for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush the top and sides with the egg mixed with a little water. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden.

For more information about King Arthur Baking Company products, go to their website.