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Alternative to egg wash for challah?

Miri1 Jun 26, 2009 01:11 PM

Hello everyone!

I'm baking challah today and was wondering if there are any alternatives to using an egg wash on the challah? I've used plain water in the past but it doesn't produce a shine. I thought about corn syrup but I haven't tried it. Anyone have any ideas that will produce a shine and still allow my sesame seeds to stick, minus the egg?


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    Stuffed Monkey Jun 27, 2009 06:18 PM

    It is oil, (otherwise it really would be broiche) but since it's an egg bread, why not use an egg wash? Gives mine a lovely color and the seeds stick.

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      another_adam Jun 27, 2009 02:24 PM

      I imagine that one would not want milk or dairy for a challah, but I think your corn syrup idea is on the right track. I've occasionally done something similar to the traditional approach for bagels: a little honey dissolved in water for a slightly sweet glaze. (It doesn't keep the seeds on incredibly well, but it's ok) Also, unless you're specifically devoted to sesame seeds, tshernishke might stick better because it's not so flat and it kind of "digs in" a little if you lightly press it into the loaf before the second rise...

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      1. re: another_adam
        rabaja Jun 27, 2009 02:27 PM

        Isn't challah full of dairy? i.e., butter...?

        1. re: rabaja
          another_adam Jun 27, 2009 02:43 PM

          There might be recipes for dairy challah, but for sure my family's recipe (and I imagine most) use oil so that it can served with meat meals. My family's recipe has a fair amount of oil, so it's quite rich, with a soft moist texture--but no dairy.

          My mother does make a similar dough, but with milk and butter, and then it's called a "dairy dough" ("milk dough"), to be used a base for plum cake, butter cake, hamentashn, and so on. All of those do use variants of the same slightly sweet dairy yeast dough in our family.

          1. re: rabaja
            tzurriz Jun 27, 2009 07:55 PM

            challah is made with oil and eggs, not butter.

        2. Channa Jun 27, 2009 11:43 AM


          1. HillJ Jun 27, 2009 11:32 AM

            grapeseed oil

            1. todao Jun 26, 2009 05:26 PM

              Either milk, soy milk, water or other suitable liquid mixed with a bit of corn starch and thickened into a very light syrup should hold your sesame seeds well enough. Melted butter will work too, but I think not as well.

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                sharhamm Jun 26, 2009 04:25 PM

                This is what you can use on bread. I don't see why it would work on Challah.
                1/4 cup water
                1 tsp cornstarch

                Boil until clear and brush on the dough.

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                  lgss Jun 26, 2009 02:24 PM

                  A scone recipe we use calls for milk wash but we're vegan so we use almond mylk. I've never made challah, but it might work for that, too.

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                    tzurriz Jun 26, 2009 01:14 PM

                    Is there a particular reason you don't want to use an eggwash?

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