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Chocolate Chip Challah

I'm fond of baking and since Challah is not available where I live, I've created my own version to serve at Christmas and Easter. It is delicious and not as much work as you would think. There is a subtle chocolate flavor and when served warm the chocolate chips may be still melty. Leftovers are great for French toast or bread pudding.—Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the oil, honey, eggs, egg yolks, salt and vanilla; mix well.
  • Add 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead in chocolate chips. Divide dough in half; divide each half into three portions. Shape each piece into an 12-in. rope.
  • Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Combine cream and sugar. Brush some of the mixture over braids. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks and brush with remaining cream mixture. Cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 153 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 110mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Geula
    Sep 21, 2020

    I would like to comment that there is an issue when baking dairy bread for the kosher consumer. (cream glaze makes it dairy). I would suggest a few options for kosher friendly modifications: a. use coconut cream. b. do what we Jews do with our challah- and glaze it with a beaten egg yolk (using just the yolk makes it shinier). c. you can combine the egg yolk with a few drops of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of sugar. good luck!