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Chocolate Chip Challah Bread

This Chocolate Chip Challah Bread is delicious and simply impressive. A not too sweet yeast dough with dark chocolate chips is just lovely to serve at a Hanukkah dinner or on Shabbat! Even better toasted the next day!
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: challah, Chocolate, yeast dough
Servings: 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • DOUGH
  • 1 package 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (I used Red Star Yeast Platinum for this recipe)
  • 1 cup warm water no more than 110°F [43°C]
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups bread flour or 5 1/2 to 6 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup peanut corn, or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips or whatever type you prefer
  • EGG WASH
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • TOPPING
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  • In a mixer, with a dough hook attachment, add the warm water and yeast. Mix until blended. Add the sugar and mix about a minute. Slowly mix in 1 cup of the flour until combined.
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time until they are combined. Add another 2 cups of the flour, oil, and salt. Mix together on medium-low speed stopping the machine to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Slowly add the rest of the flour (the remaining 4 cups) and mix until combined. Stop the machine as you add each cup of the flour to scrape the sides of the bowl and incorporate the flour. Mix on low speed for 12 minutes until dough is incorporated. Be sure to give your mixer a break and as you don’t want to burn it out. Add flour if needed 1 tablespoon at a time. The dough will be a little sticky but also firm.
  • Take dough out of mixer bowl, knead in the chocolate chips.
  • Form the dough into a ball and place into an oiled bowl (when I put the dough in the bowl I swish the dough around the bottom of the bowl and then flip it over so all of the dough is covered in a light film of oil). Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature until doubled in size (about 1-1 1/2 hours).
  • Punch down the dough. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball, and allow it to rest with plastic wrap on it for 5-10 minutes.
  • Roll each dough ball into long piece .Braid 3 strands together to form a loaf. Repeat with the other 3 strands. Cover and let rise in a draft free place for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • When ready to bake, whisk together egg wash ingredients. Brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  • Bake the challah for 35-40 minutes. The bread should be golden brown. Ovens may vary so check your challah at about 30 minutes and see how it’s doing. You test if it’s done by tapping the bottom of the loaf. If it sounds hollow, it needs a bit more time.* Be careful to not burn your fingers like I did when you do that test. Let it cool and serve slightly warm or at room temperature.