Pandan Challah


1 3/4 cups of lukewarm water (100 degrees f)

2 packets of yeast

2 teaspoons of salt

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup of honey

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted

2 teaspoons of pandan extract

7 cups of all-purpose flour

egg wash – 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water mixed

Making the dough

Mix the yeast, butter, salt, eggs, honey and pandan extract, with the lukewarm water in a large glass bowl.

Add the flour cup by cup and mix with a spoon / spatula.

Once the 7 cups are mixed in, knead for about 6-8 minutes until dough becomes a round ball, add flour as necessary.

First rise

Cover bowl with a damp cloth and leave to rise until double the size for at least an hour – 2 hours.

Once risen, punch down and cut dough into 4 portions and put into air tight bags if not planning to use immediately.

The dough is ready for immediate use / refrigeration / freezing. Freezing is recommended over refrigeration as dough will rise again in the fridge.

Braiding the loaf

Divide the dough into 3 or 6 equal pieces, depending on the type of braid you’d like to do.

Roll each piece of dough into a long rope about 16 inches long.

If the ropes shrink as you try to roll them, let them rest for 5 minutes to relax the gluten and then try again.

For 6 braids, I like this technique:

  • merge the 6 ropes and fan them out
  • take the right most rope and place it over the next to left adjacent ropes
  • thread it under the third rope then over the last two left ropes until reaching the leftmost side
  • tldr: from right – over 2 – under 1 – over 2
  • repeat this until you reach the ends
  • merge all the ropes and tuck under
  • tuck the top under as well

Second rise

Line a baking sheet / tray with parchment paper or use baking mat.

Place the braided loaf on top and sprinkle with a little flour.

Cover with a cloth again.

Let the challah rise in a warm place away from drafts until puffed, for about 1 hour.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Once risen, brush with egg wash.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, rotating half way.

Cool, slice and enjoy!


Matt Pinner builds interactive clothing and installations while helping others. A software architect by day, an artist by night, Matt combines his learned skillsets with a desire to explore how humans interact with one another and the images they project. Matt uses custom circuitry, programming and rapid prototyping to deliver value and joy.

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