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Chimichurri Challah Bread

Traditional Challah bread gets a zesty twist with our Herby Chimichurri for a delicious loaf perfect for any occasion.

Chef Tip: For a perfectly braided Challah, ensure the dough is divided into evenly sized sections. Maintain a gentle hand during braiding, ensuring the bread is neither too loose nor too tight. This helps achieve a beautifully shaped Challah with a consistent texture after baking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water, heated to 115°F

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 (¼-ounce) packet active dry yeast

  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Haven’s Kitchen Herby Chimichurri

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 4 large eggs

  • 5 ½ to 6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons assorted seeds, such as sesame, fennel, poppy, nigella, and/ or cumin, for garnish (optional)

  • Flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)

Steps

STEP 1

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix the warm water and 2 tablespoons of the sugar to dissolve, then sprinkle the yeast over the top. Let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.

STEP 2

Add the remaining 6 tablespoons sugar, 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1/2 pouch Herby Chimichurri, honey, and 3 eggs, then whisk on medium speed until incorporated.

STEP 3

Switch to the dough hook. Add 5½ cups flour and the salt to the mixture in the bowl and, beginning on low speed and gradually increasing to medium, knead until a smooth, elastic dough forms, 3 to 4 minutes. (Your dough will be tacky but shouldn't be sticky. If it's sticky mix in additional flour, a few tablespoons at a time, until tacky.)

STEP 4

Transfer to a lightly floured work surface with floured hands and continue to knead by hand, dusting with flour as needed, until a very smooth ball forms, another 3 to 5 minutes. (Alternatively, if you make this dough entirely by hand, it will require about 10 minutes of kneading on a clean work surface after incorporating the flour.)

STEP 5

Grease a medium bowl and your hands with the remaining 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and add the dough ball, turning gently to coat. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size, 1½ to 2 hours.

STEP 6

Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll each into a long rope, about 18 inches in length and slightly thicker at the center and thinner at both ends. Lay out all the ropes vertically, then link the top of each rope and pinch together to seal, tucking the sealed end under itself slightly.

STEP 7

Take the outer two ropes and cross them over each other to switch places, crossing the rope from the right under the rope from the left. Take the farthest rope on the right and cross it over to be in the middle (with 3 ropes on the left of it and 2 ropes on the right). Then, take the second rope from the left and cross it all the way to the far right. Now, take the farthest rope to the left and move it to the middle (with 2 ropes on the left of it and 3 ropes on the right). Take the second rope from the right and cross it all the way to the far left. Repeat this process until there are no more ropes to braid, then pinch the ends and tuck them under the end of the challah. Using your hands, carefully transfer the challah to a parchment-lined half-sheet pan, placing it on a diagonal. Beat the remaining egg and brush liberally on the challah. Let the challah rise again, uncovered until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

STEP 8

Beat the remaining egg and brush liberally on the challah. Let the challah rise again, uncovered until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

STEP 9

Preheat the oven to 325-350°F. Brush the challah again with the remaining beaten egg, then sprinkle with the seeds and a heavy pinch of flaky salt.

STEP 10

Bake, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking time, for 35 to 40 minutes, until the challah is golden brown and has reached an internal temperature of 190°F. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before slicing. Serve the challah the same day you bake it.

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