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Millie's Whole Wheat Challah

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic


This recipe for high-rising challah comes from Lora Brody, author and long-time King Arthur friend. The loaf was inspired by Lora's mother, Millie, who long ago discovered the virtue of using whole-wheat pastry flour to make this light-textured golden braid, traditionally served on the Jewish Sabbath and other holidays. Whole wheat gives the challah deeper color and more complex flavor; and using whole wheat pastry flour, ground from softer wheat than traditional whole wheat flour, allows it to retain its feather-light texture.

At a glance

One 15" to 16" braid, 16 servings
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  1. Combine all of the ingredients and mix and knead them — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until you have a soft, smooth dough.
  2. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 1 to 2 hours, or until it's puffy and nearly doubled in bulk.
  3. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) a baking sheet.
  4. Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Divide it into three equal pieces, shape each piece into a rough log, cover the pieces, and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Roll each piece of dough into an 18" rope. Place the three pieces of dough side by side on the prepared pan, and braid them, squeezing the ends together, then tucking them neatly underneath.
  6. Cover the braid gently with lightly greased plastic wrap or a proof cover, and allow it to rise for about 1 hour, until it's puffy, but not doubled in bulk.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  8. Bake the bread for 20 minutes, tent it with foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until it's a deep, golden brown, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190°F.
  9. Remove it from the oven, and after a minute or so carefully transfer it to a rack. Cool the bread to lukewarm before cutting it.
  10. Store the bread, well-wrapped, on the counter for 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 slice, 52g
  • Servings Per Batch 16 servings
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 165 cal
  • Calories from Fat
  • Total Fat 6g
  • Saturated Fat
  • Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol 26mg
  • Sodium 210mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 20g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Protein 4g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.