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Apple and Honey Challah

September 1, 2022 | by Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox

This challah will ensure you have a sweet new year.

Give this challah recipe a try and your home will be filled with the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon. So good, your guests won't leave before asking you: May I Have That Recipe?

WARNING: This challah recipe will fill your house with an intoxicating sweet smell, and it tastes so amazing, you won't be able to stop after just one slice!

Did you know that the stages of bread production - planting, harvesting, winnowing, threshing, etc - represent the painstaking process of acquiring wisdom? It takes a long time to cultivate (and ultimately enjoy) a new idea. Get more Jewish food thoughts here.

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Yield: makes 2 round, pull apart challahs
Prep time: 20 minutes plus approximately 2 hours for rising
Cook time: 30-35 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten and divided in 2 separate bowls
  • 2 cups organic apple rings, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups white bread flour
  • 3 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


If you are using a bread machine:

  1. Combine water, oil, honey, 1 beaten egg, apples and salt (in that order) in the bread machine.
  2. Add flour, make a well in the middle and add the yeast and sprinkle some more flour on top.
  3. Set the machine to dough setting and turn it on.
  4. Once the dough has approximately tripled in size, divide it in half.
  5. Make 6 dough balls from each half and arrange them in a disposable 8 inch round aluminum pan (place 5 on the edges and 1 in the center).
  6. Preheat oven at 350°F.
  7. Using a pastry brush, gently “paint” the Challah with the remaining beaten egg.
  8. Mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over Challah.
  9. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for about 30 minutes.
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

If you are making it by hand:

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and let it sit until it foams.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, salt and chopped apples.
  3. In another bowl combine oil, dissolved yeast and water, honey and 1 beaten egg.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over the flour and knead to create a smooth and soft dough about 10 minutes.
  5. Place dough in a slightly greased bowl, cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise for about an hour or until triple in size.
  6. “Punch” dough and divide it in half. Follow steps 5-10 above.

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