Chocolate Chip Challah Bread

I saw someone the other day eating challah from a bakery and it a.) made me extremely hungry & b.) inspired me. I’m taking it back to the roots with a twist; chocolate, naturally. Challah is typically eaten on the Sabbath, or Shabbat, which is Friday through Sunday. But it’s also amazing for breakfast on weekdays. So, without further ado..

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Make the Challah (2 loaves)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 7 cups of flour (& more for kneading, etc.)
  • 4 tsp. active dry yeast (2 packets)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1-1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Egg wash (egg yolk + water)
  1. In a small bowl, bloom the yeast in 1 cup warm water with a sprinkle of sugar. In a medium/large bowl, combine half of the flour (about 3 1/2 cups), sugar, and salt. Use a large spoon and mix in the oil (stir), 1 egg (stir), and 1 cup of warm water (stir.) Slowly add the rest of the flour until it’s doughy.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, then take out the dough and put it on a floured cutting board or smooth surface. Knead it for about 5 minutes. Spray a large bowl with pam or non stick spray, and add the dough. Cover with a moist towel and leave it in a warm area for an hour (until it’s doubled and swollen.) Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375.
  3. Divide the dough into 6 balls, then roll them into ropes (about 14 inches). Braid 2 loaves by taking 3 strands and crossing the outside dough piece into the middle. Put the 2 loaves onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush them lightly with egg wash, then bake them for about 25 minutes.

Enjoy! <3, B

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2 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Challah Bread

  1. I LOVE challah…but so far I have only had the basic challah and wheat challah. I have never heard of including chocolate. However, I love challah, and I love chocolate, so why shouldn’t they be together? 🙂

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