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3 Strand Callah Bread

Updated on July 10, 2016

HEAVEN is all I can say this bread is! I saw a picture of it and thought “interesting, I want to make a braid bread” other than that I had no idea what it was. It is a Jewish sweet bread that they eat at special times. It can be plain, have poppy seeds on it, or raisins in it. This is a plain one. I search far and wide to find a few different recipes of the item I am making, which often times is bread, as I have a addiction, beer bread, rosemary bread, french bread, callah bread.. bread bread bread! So my recipes come to you with the best of the best of the best (sir!). I use my bread machine, as it mixes all my dough whether bread or pasta, and I NEVER use the cook setting for any bread as it just comes out awful! Usually my kids accompany me in the process as they barely allow it to cool before they dig in!

Gather your ingredients. And put them into the pan according to your bread makers instructions.
Gather your ingredients. And put them into the pan according to your bread makers instructions.
Your properly mixed dough should look like this after the final rise.
Your properly mixed dough should look like this after the final rise.
punch it down and separate into 3 equal pieces.
punch it down and separate into 3 equal pieces.
Like so... making sure to have the ends taper off some for easy pinching together.
Like so... making sure to have the ends taper off some for easy pinching together.
Pinch the 3 ends together
Pinch the 3 ends together
and begin braiding. I have attached a video from youtube I used to learn how to do the braiding part.
and begin braiding. I have attached a video from youtube I used to learn how to do the braiding part.
I took a second break to play peek-a-boo with my son who loves to be in the kitchen with me when I bake
I took a second break to play peek-a-boo with my son who loves to be in the kitchen with me when I bake
your dough should be just about finished and looking perfect!!
your dough should be just about finished and looking perfect!!
now final rise 30-40 minutes.
now final rise 30-40 minutes.
Brush on the egg wash to get that gorgeous brown top!
Brush on the egg wash to get that gorgeous brown top!
My son loves to watch it bake!
My son loves to watch it bake!
Wondering when its going to be done! It smells soo good in here!!!
Wondering when its going to be done! It smells soo good in here!!!
Waiting to cool is torture to us!
Waiting to cool is torture to us!
soft, sweet, eggy bread!
soft, sweet, eggy bread!

Eat it as it is or FRENCH TOAST!

This is the absolute perfect bread to make thick delicious french toast from! Just make it a day or 2 in advance, (2 is better but can be hard to resist). Cut it good and thick like Texas toast then make as usual french toast. If you plan in advance you could put raisins and cinnamon into the dough recipe! YUM! I serve this with pasta dishes, pot roast dishes.. really haven't found it not to go well with any dish even for its sweetness.

Prep time: 2 hours 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 40 min
Yields: serves 8
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tbls. butter
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast, I use bread machine yeast
  1. I use my bread maker to mix this. I put the ingredients in according to the bread machine directions. Put it on DOUGH setting as cooking in here is horrendous! (Dont ever do it!) My machine allows it to rise 2 times. I take it out and punch it down to get all the air out. Then cut the dough into 3 equal sections.
  2. With flour on hands roll the dough sections into logs…now after you get a log, make the very ends more flat and pulled out. You do this by applying pressure only to the ends and push outward a little ONLY ON THE VERY ENDS. This helps to pinch the ends together in the breading phase.
  3. Now were going to braid!! (video below to help) Pinch the pinched ends together at one end. Then bring the outside left over the middle, Followed by the outside right over the middle, and continue that way down to the ends! Then pinch those ends together as well! Tuck the pinched ends under the loaf and place on a pan rubbed with butter. Cover with moist clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap to prevent crustin. Let rise in a warm location about 30-45 mins. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Make egg-wash with 1 egg and a tablespoon of water mixed together and brush that on the final rise bread. Put in the oven for 25-30 mins. Let cool.

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