Vegan chocolate-orange challah



Step 1

Grease a large bowl with olive oil. In a separate large bowl, combine yeast and sugar. Add warm water and let stand until it bubbles, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Stir almond milk, maple syrup, and 5 tablespoons olive oil into bowl with yeast. Add flour, salt, turmeric, if using, and orange zest, and stir until a dough forms. Knead dough in bowl, adding more flour a little at a time as needed, until dough is smooth and soft but not sticky, 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 3

Transfer dough to the greased bowl, turn to coat in oil, and cover loosely with lightly-greased plastic wrap. Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and allow dough to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Step 4

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn risen dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and pat into a large rectangle. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, roll into a cylinder, and cut into 3 equal pieces. Using your hands, roll each piece into a 12-inch rope, braid them together, and place on baking sheet. Cover loaf with lightly-greased plastic wrap and a kitchen towel, and let rise for 1 hour, until puffed up.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush challah with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and bake for 20 minutes. Loosely cover with foil and bake about 10 to 15 minutes longer, until exterior is golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted into center reads 190 degrees F. Let challah cool on a rack before serving.