Parmesan Challah Bread

Cooking Vacations - Parmesan ChallahBread


1 kg. all purpose sifted flour
50 gr. fresh yeast or 25 gr. dry yeast
21/4 – 21/2 cups water
1 Tbs. salt
1/2 cup olive / sunflower oil
200 gr. parmesan grated

For the coating:

1 egg
½ cup sesame / poppy seeds / sunflower seeds / salt


  1. Mix the yeast into the flour and add 2/3 of the water first into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the salt, the oil and rest of the water until soft dough is formed.
  3. Take out the dough from the bowl open it few times with your palm and roll it into a ball shape.
  4. Place the dough in a floury bowl covered. Leave it to double about 40-60 min.
  5. Divide the dough into 6 balls and let it raise covered another 15 min.
  6. Form a roll from each ball. Open flat each roll and fill with parmesan. Close back to roll and form a braid.
  7. Brush the Challah with the egg and spread the sesame seeds.
  8. Leave in baking pan to rise again until ready (check the dough with your finger – push the dough with your finger and if it comes back slowly it's ready for baking).
  9. Bake in a hot oven1900C 40 min.
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