Recipe: Delicious Vegan Sourdough Challah

Vegan Sourdough Challah. A Vegan Eggless Sourdough Challah with the perfect crust and crumb. Aquafaba stands in for the eggs. Eat it by itself, or use for French toast or pudding.

Vegan Sourdough Challah It is easy to make and you can shape it as you like or follow my step-by-step. This easy sourdough challah recipe is the perfect use of your sourdough starter! It will probably not rise much, if at all. You can have Vegan Sourdough Challah using 7 ingredients and 5 steps. Here is how you achieve that.

Ingredients of Vegan Sourdough Challah

  1. Prepare 500 g of flour.
  2. It’s 250 ml of water.
  3. Prepare 25 g of sourdough starter.
  4. It’s 5 g of salt (roughly 1tsp).
  5. Prepare 50 g of sunflower/coconut/canola oil.
  6. Prepare 50 g of agave syrup (or honey).
  7. Prepare 80 g of aquafaba/chickpea water.

My vegan Challah recipe uses aquafaba and sugar to recreate the texture and sweetness of challah bread. Most water challahs are vegan but I've noticed some challah use honey, instead of sugar! My recipe for challah with sourdough starter as leavening instead of yeast. It's a wonderful fluffy bread that is usually braided and topped with seeds.

Vegan Sourdough Challah step by step

  1. The night before, start the dough. Dissolve starter in water then add flour. Knead a bit. Add salt. The dough will be quite dry. (It's going to get wetter tomorrow when you add the other ingredients). Rub dough with oil, wrap in clingfilm and leave overnight at room temperature..
  2. In the morning, add the chickpea juice, the honey and the oil. If this makes the dough too wet, add a bit more flour. You are aiming for the dough to be *slightly* wet/sticky. Cover with the clingfilm and leave to prove for 4 hours (but do a round of folds every hour).
  3. Cut the dough into 6 equal portions (or 5, 4, 3 etc). You'll probably want to use scales to weigh make sure the portions are the same weight. Form each portion into a ball, cover and leave to rest for 20mins..
  4. Roll each of the balls into a sausage shape. Braid the sausages together. Me describing the process here will not help you – search for challah braiding videos on YouTube. Put the braided loaf on a baking tray and cover with clingfilm. Prove for 3 hours at room temperature or until it has doubled in size..
  5. Heat oven to 180C with a tray of water in the bottom. Brush outside of challah with chickpea water. Sprinkle with seeds if desired. Bake for 45 mins (my dough weighed 1030g)..

Today I wanted to share with you this simple and delicious Challah recipe right before Rosh Ha'Shanah. I love having Challah on holidays, on Friday nights. I baked my first challah last Thursday and wanted to share. I was unsure what to expect but it was so much fun. Sign up for our Nosher recipe newsletter!