Gluten Free Challah Mix | Baking Tips, FAQs & Testimonials

Challah Baking Tips

Gluten free challah will not rise like regular challah dough, so here are some baking tips from our customers to help you get the best results!

  1. I turn on the oven to the lowest setting, (170 F) and I let the dough rise in the oven both before (1 hour) and after (45 min) I shape it. This is the only method I've found to work and the dough does rise!! Also, the dough is much easier to work with when it has risen before shaping. 
  2. To prevent the dough from drying out in the oven the first time, before it has been shaped, I put it into a plastic shopping bag or cover it with a wet towel. 
  3. The second time I put it into the oven to rise, the dough is already braided and in individual aluminum pans. No bag or towel this time. I leave the oven on at 170 F until the dough has risen noticeably, about 45 minutes.
  4. Next, I egg-wash the dough, and I put it back into the oven to bake at 375 degrees F. I always leave it baking for 40 minutes minimum. 


What % of oats are in your mix?

Blends by Orly Challah Mix contains 12.5% oats and is certified Hamotzi by Rabbi Chaim Weissmandl.

What % of oats do I need to consume to say a Hamotzi?  A Birchat Hamazon?

You can definitely say hamotzi on the challah if it has 12.5% oat flour regardless of how much you eat, but in order to bench you need to eat a כזית of the oat flour itself rather than a כזית of the whole challah, which is the case if the challah is mostly oat flour. Bottom line: to bench with Blends by Orly Challah Mix at least a large roll's worth must be eaten. 

Do You Have a Recipe For Making Your Challah Over 50% Oats so that I can Bench?

Click HERE for a wholesome oat bread adaptation of the recipe that uses 51% oats and permits you to say the Grace After Meals (Birchat Hamazon).  

How many pounds of dough do you need to perform the mitzvah of separating the sanctified dough, also known as Hafrashat Challah?

If you make between 2 lb to 5 lb of dough, you can do the mitzvah of hafrashat challah but without saying a bracha (blessing).  Anything over 5 lb of dough, you can do hafrashat challah with a bracha.

Can I make challah in a bread machine? 

You can use a bread machine. Some of the newer machines have a gluten free setting, so use that if you have the option.

Can I use egg replacer instead of the eggs to make it Vegan?

Yes you can.  Just follow the egg replacement directions for how much egg replacement to use per egg.  

Why isn't the yeast mixed with lukewarm water bubbling?  What should I do?

If you are in a very hot environment, you are likely to see the yeast bubble.  In a kitchen at a regular temperature, it is normal if the yeast does not foam after 5 minutes.  As long as you are using yeast that has not expired and lukewarm water (not hot) the yeast will start to activate, even if you don't see it "bubbling".  You can follow the challah mix directions and continue to add in the other ingredients.  The yeast will also have more time to activate when you let the challah dough rise in your oven set to warming mode before baking.  I would suggest letting the challah dough sit in an oven set to about 100 degrees for 45 min, covered with a moist towel so that the top of the dough doesn't dry out.  When the dough is proofed, it should feel very soft and fluffy to the touch.

Is it possible to freeze the dough in small loaves or rolls for future uses?

Yes.  You can let the frozen dough sit in the freezer for up to 4 months. When you are ready to bake off the loaves or rolls, pull the dough from the freezer to let it defrost.  After the dough is defrosted, let it rise in a warm temperature as you would with fresh dough.

How can I make a pull apart challah with this mix?

Follow the directions for how to make rolls with the mix.  For the easiest, cleanest and most uniform option, use an ice cream scoop with a lever.   Instead of batching the dough onto a flat baking tray, batch the dough balls very into a round 9" cake pan with just a bit of space between each roll.   After letting the rolls rise, they will stick together.  For moister and fluffier rolls, use 1 1/4 cups of water instead of 1 cup plus 4 tsp as directed in the ingredients.  

I am gluten intolerant but when I eat whole rolled oats, they bother my stomach.  Does this mean that I won't be able to eat your challah mix?

Some gluten intolerant individuals can tolerate oats and some cannot.  There is a protein in oats called avenin, which is very similar to gluten.  Sensitivity to oat foods can also result from their frequent contamination by wheat.  However, since oats have a very similar molecular structure to gluten, they sometimes react like gluten in our bodies.  If you are sensitive to oats that are GF certified and don't come in contact with wheat, the likelihood is that you are sensitive to oats because of how your body reacts to the avenin protein.  My husband who has celiac and for whom I created this product, can no longer eat my challah mixes because over the years, he has become intolerant of all oats too!  There is only a 12.5% oats content in the mix so perhaps it won't bother you as much as eating straight oats would.


Customer Testimonials 

I’m a young woman, married less than two years, and my husband has celiac. I was pleased to find your challah mix in the local grocery store, and was excited to try it out, hoping that it wouldn’t turn out to be a case of “too good to be true”! Well, that was six weeks ago, and I’ve been baking challah with your flour every week since. I must take the time to contact you to express my sincere gratitude for this amazing flour blend. The challah tastes terrific; my husband would never go back to the gluten free challahs that we used to buy in the local bakeries. I braid the dough with six strands, as per our tradition, and it comes out looking so fantastic that people are shocked that it is gluten free! Thank you ever so much. Your flour has transformed our Shabbat. May God give you the strength to continue helping others with your baking!
— Hessie B.
I love baking with them! I have two daughters with celiac and this is the first gluten free roll they absolutely love! Even with nothing on it! And the added bonus that they wash on shabbos for the meal makes it the best! I have told everyone I know with celiac about it. It’s really a great product!
— Chaya F.
Just wanted to thank you for these challah mixes, it was fabulous & an absolute treat! Best of all my body is very happy with your ingredients, as I usually react quite badly to other gf breads. Hugely enjoyed by the whole family!
— Lisa S.
I want to thank you for your oat challah blend! I’ve been celiac for a few years and find making oat challah to be a huge job. This blend was so easy to use and really good!! Way better than anything I’ve had in a long time.
— Yocheved S.
Even my very traditional gluten eating father-in-law loves the challah mix, especially the chocolate chip!
— Donna L. Customer
Dr Lee (Nutritionist at Columbia Celiac Disease Center) LOVES Orly’s challah mix... wants me to tell you! ...likes the ice cream scoop muffin tin idea...
I just want you to know that I made this Challah this past Friday night because my granddaughter was just diagnosed as being gluten intolerant. I invited other guests, one of whom was also Gluten intolerant. I was going to make this Challah for them and regular challah for the other guests but it came out of the oven smelling and looking so good that I decided just to use your challah. I was nervous because I had no idea how it would taste, it was TERRIFIC! Thanks.
— Pamela G.
Thank you for such a great product. My 2 children are on gluten free diets for the past 2 years and your challah blends have become a staple in our households. I use the traditional one for shabbos and the onion poppy one as rolls during the week.
— Mindy P.
The chocolate chip challah tasted amazing and my gluten free daughter in law said that it was awesome! They even made french toast out of the bread!
— Shelly R.
This is the first time since diagnosed with celiac four years ago that I have eaten good chala! And the dough is easy to handle. Great product.
— Ava
I just had your challah mix for the first time and it is incredible!!!!! I took a double take I couldn’t believe it was gluten free!
— Shira R.
I had to go off gluten for health reasons and your challah mix is amazing! I make rolls out of it and bring them to meals with me :) Thank you so much for making something gluten free that tastes good!!! :)
— Danielle Haas