m. c. de marco: The New Kitchen Cookbook

Yes-Knead Challah

I’ve made the challah no-knead recipe, and I’ve also made the challah recipe in The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden. I usually cut them both down to 2 loaves for convenience. In the latter I also altered the flour (for reasons that were not penciled in) and found an actual poppy measurement, as follows.

Makes 2 loaves.




  1. Mix everything but the flour, raisins, and toppings well.
  2. Add flour gradually.
  3. Knead 15 minutes. (You may need extra flour if you chose the honey option.)
  4. Put in an oiled bowl and flip to coat with oil.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and let double in size (2-3 hours).
  6. Punch down.
  7. Optionally spread and knead in raisins, or just knead.
  8. Divide dough in two.
  9. To shape each loaf, roll out that portion of dough into ropes: one for a round loaf or three for a braid.
  10. Coil up from the end (for a round loaf) or braid from the middle.
  11. Let the shaped loaves rise another hour on an oiled cookie sheet or on parchment paper.
  12. Brush with the half egg and sprinkle with optional seeds.
  13. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes.