Chef Duff Goldman x Sun-Maid’s Crown Challah

Recipe created by Chef Duff Goldman

  • Prep-Time 30 (150 minutes inactive) Mins
  • Cook-Time 45 Mins
  • Servings 12-16


Dough (makes 3 loaves)

  • 2 (1⁄4 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1⁄3 cup olive oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs plus 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 6 1⁄2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 cups water, warm

Egg Wash

  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


To make the dough

  • 1

    In a big bowl, mix the yeast, sugar, honey, and 3 cups of warm water, then let the yeast bloom for about 7 minutes.

  • 2

    Add the oil, eggs, yolks, and salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.

  • 3

    Add in raisins.

  • 4

    Add the flours and mix until sticky. The dough should be a nice creamy yellow color.

  • 5

    Turn the dough out into a floured surface and knead for about 12-15 minutes, or until smooth.

  • 6

    Oil the bowl, place the dough back in the bowl and cover tight with plastic wrap.

  • 7

    Let rise in a warm place for about 1 1⁄2 hours, or until doubled.

  • 8

    Punch the dough down, cover it, and let rise for another 45 minutes.

  • 9

    Punch it down again and cut it into 4 equal pieces.

  • 10

    Let them rest for about 10 minutes, then roll them into snakes about 14 inches long that taper at each end. Start by having 4 strands with 2 horizontal and 2 vertical, starting with a weave, and then crossing the ends, clockwork, then counter-clock, tucking the ends underneath to form a nice round challah. Repeat.

  • 11

    Oil the loaves lighty, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until they look good and puffy (25 minutes)

  • 12

    Preheat the oven to 375.

  • 13

    Whisk the egg wash ingredients lightly in a small bowl.

  • 14

    Gently brush the loaves with the egg wash, taking care not to deflate them.

  • 15

    Bake for 45 minutes, or until the loaves are a beautiful golden color. Let them cool completely and enjoy!

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