The Challah Project #6 – Scallion Pancake Challah

Asian food for dinner Friday night? Not so good with challah, unless, perhaps you make a scallion pancake challah.

I was so excited to try this one.  I took Molly Yeh’s ingredient list and used my  developing challah technique and ended up with this…


The flavor was great, the sesame oil is the real star.  But even better than the taste was the texture.  The dough recipe will become one I go back to again and again.IMG_0430

Scallion Pancake Challah

Adapted from Molly Yeh

1tablespoon instant yeast

3/4cup warm water

2tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar

3cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1teaspoon kosher salt

2tablespoons honey

1/3cup vegetable or canola oil

2large eggs

Filling and topping

tablespoon toasted sesame oil

stalks scallions, minced

Salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper, to taste

egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water

A few pinches of toasted sesame seeds and black sesame seeds


The night before…In a small bowl, add the yeast to 1/2 cup warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of sugar, let proof for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix flour, salt, and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar in the bowl of a standing mixer with dough hook attached.  In a medium bowl, mix remaining 1/4 cup of water, honey, oil, and eggs, set aside.

Add the yeast mixture to the flour, followed by the wet ingredients. Mix on low – medium speed for about 10 minutes. Transfer to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator to rise overnight (it will at least double in size).

Next morning…Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Heat oven to 375° F.

Divide dough into three equal parts and then roll each part into a 1-foot log. Gently flatten each log so that it is about 3 inches wide. Brush each with toasted sesame oil and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, chili flakes, and scallions.IMG_0421

Roll them up length wise like a jellyroll, lengthening the rope.IMG_0422

Pinch the edges to seal, and then braid. Place the loaf on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds and black pepper.IMG_0424

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden brown and the challah is cooked through.


Makes 1 loaf.


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  1. chefceaser says:

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Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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