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Honey Apple Challah
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Resting Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Welcome the New Year with Honey Apple Challah: a moist and egg-y yeast bread infused with sweet honey, subtly cinnamon spiced, and studded throughout with tart, juicy apples. Perfect for Rosh Hashanah, or any other day of the year!

Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: Apple, Bread, challah, honey
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 118 kcal
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (about half a packet)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons oil (such as canola, vegetable, or grapeseed)
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/8-inch dice
  • egg wash (1 egg beaten with a teaspoon of water)
  1. Combine the water and honey in a liquid measuring cup, and sprinkle the yeast over the surface.  

  2. Set aside and allow to proof (become foamy) for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Place the flour, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine.  

  4. Make a well in the center, and pour in the yeast mixture. 

  5. Add the egg, yolk, oil, and apple, and stir, working the flour into the liquids a little at a time, until all the ingredients have incorporated and the dough forms a ball that pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl. (If the apples are juicy and the dough seems sticky, add a little more flour.)

  6. Dust the work surface with flour, and knead the dough for 10-15 minutes.  

  7. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

  8. Punch down the dough and knead for 5 minutes more.  

  9. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions, and roll each into a rope about 18 inches long. 

  10. Pinch all 4 ropes together at one end. Starting with the left-most rope, weave it over the adjacent rope, under the next, and over the last. Repeat, to form the braid, until you have reached the end. 

  11. Pinch the braid together at the bottom end. 

  12. Brush with egg wash, and allow to rise for one hour.

  13. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  

  14. Brush the challah once more with egg wash, and bake for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Honey Apple Challah
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 151mg7%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.