Egg Bread Recipes

Egg breads are enriched doughs that need plenty of rising time. Make perfect shiny challah braids, holiday loaves, and brioche with these recipes.

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Braided Egg Bread

Rating: 4.5 stars 161
This makes a very large and impressive loaf. I have used it for large parties.
By Marilou Hitt

A Number One Egg Bread

Rating: 4.5 stars 236
This makes all other egg breads look weak. I learned the recipe from two older ladies in Hawaii. This makes the best bread pudding and french toast imaginable. Try cutting it in chunks and dipping it in fondue---WOW!
By Allrecipes Member

French Brioche

Rating: 4 stars 77
A rich eggy bread, made easier by preparing the dough in the bread machine.
By Linda

Miriam's Not-So-Secret Challah

Rating: 5 stars 171
A surprisingly sweet, yet light, challah that makes any night special. Feel free to knead some raisins into the dough if you like.

Kalacs (Hungarian Cinnamon Swirl Bread)

Rating: 5 stars 161
My husband's aunt passed along this super-easy recipe for this Hungarian sweet bread, and I made a couple of revisions to my family's taste. Cinnamon, poppy seed, or walnuts are a traditional filling. Her recipe is for cinnamon, but one of my favorite ways is to break from tradition and use a cocoa/sugar/butter/vanilla mixture. It's delicious, especially when the leftovers are toasted and buttered!

Shabbat Challah

Rating: 4.5 stars 117
My Shabbat Challah is something out of this world. I made it up on my own, because the ones I tasted, I just didn't like. Try it you will love it!! This can make 6 regular sized loaves, or two large braided loaves.
By NUNU123182

Challah I

Rating: 4.5 stars 822
Traditional egg bread for the Jewish Sabbath. You can add 1 cup raisins or golden raisins to the dough just before shaping and then make the loafs into round braids for Rosh Hashanah.
By Allrecipes Member


Rating: 4 stars 64
A fresh brioche can be served with jelly or other preserves to accompany tea or coffee, or with pate or hors d'oeuvre. The tops of the small ones can easily be pulled away, giving space for a sweet or savory filling. Brioche dough can also be used for wrapping other ingredients such as beef for boeuf-en-croute, a salmon filling for a koulibiaca, or a spicy garlic sausage.
By Allrecipes Member

Bread Machine Challah II

Rating: 4.5 stars 246
Absolutely delicious. I have a two pound bread machine and use it to make the Challah dough. It freezes well.

Bread Machine Challah I

Rating: 4.5 stars 441
Easy recipe for challah or egg bread using a bread machine. I use the light setting on my bread machine.
By Allrecipes Member

Cheese Babka

Rating: 5 stars 55
Polish cheese babka like my grandmother served every Easter.


Rating: 4.5 stars 38
This is a wonderful bread from Slovenia with a sweet, nutty filling. Due to the spelling and pronunciation (paw-tee'-tzah) it's very hard to find the recipe.
By Allrecipes Member

Inspiration and Ideas

Braided Egg Bread
Rating: Unrated 159
"This had the flavor I was looking for along with a wonderful texture. I made 1/4 of the recipe and shaped it differently, just for a change of pace." – Deb C
Basic Babka
Rating: Unrated 9
This version has a cinnamon-walnut filling.
Irresistible Whole Wheat Challah
Rating: 4.5 stars 78

Warm and light, fresh out of the oven with butter and salt sprinkled on top, it is a delicious gift or dessert for any occasion. Best with whole wheat, but just white flour or a mixture works. It is easy and fun, but takes all day. Trust me, it is so worth it!