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The Best Challah Bread Recipes


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It’s challah time! Some like it cakey, some like it doughy, some like it savory, some like it sweet.  Jamie and Hadassah stick to their tried and true, each with a traditional recipe that will put most bakeries to shame.  However, I just can’t do it.  I want my challah to be an adventure.  I love to experiment with complex flavors, varying textures, exotic mix-ins. Sometimes I make a dud, apologizing profusely to my guests while passing around packaged pita bread.  But most of the time, I am able to pull together a slice of heaven, leaving only a few scattered crumbs on the table.  Here are some delicious recipes from all of us at Joy of Kosher. Let us know what you think…

Jamie’s Challah

Hadassah’s Challah

and a few of  my favorites

Zaatar and Olive Challah

Fifty Percent Whole Wheat Challah

Caramelized Onion Challah

Apple Challah

Click to see all our Challah recipes including a spelt version from Levana and a gluten free option that is a fan favorite.

Joy of Kosher’s resident Rabbi, Rabbi Lawrence, explains the how, why and when of the mitzvah of separating the challah.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




11 Responses to The Best Challah Bread Recipes

  1. avatar says: susan

    I need a 100% whole wheat challah recipe. Could be whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat (apparently there is such a thing).

  2. I made Jamie’s challah last week with half white whole wheat and it came out so good that I am looking forward to trying it with 100%, couldn’t do it this week, but I urge you to try it. http://joyof.kosher.com/recipe/jamie-gellers-challah-recipe/

  3. I bake a lot of bread and the best Challah bread recipe in my humble opinion is the eggless Challah recipe at this site – don’t have the link right now but it is here somewhere. I make this recipe every week and on Sunday to have bread for the week or to give away to friends. It is fantastic! For a whole wheat addition try adding or using King Arthur White Whole Wheat – it can be handled just like white flour and has a wonderful taste. This is not a bleached flour – it is a white wheat.

  4. My favorite topic…Challah.
    I was just experimenting with a vanilla sugar challah. When I get the recipe right, I’ll post it. There is a white whole wheat flour from Mishpacha

  5. I would love making the ha-motzi over those beautiful loaves!

  6. avatar says: Shani

    wanted to try a water challah recipe, but can’t find one that doesn’t use a whole 5 lbs of flour, and every time I try converting it into smaller amounts, it just doesn’t work well. anyone have an exact recipe for a smaller batch? thanks

  7. I made this recipe with half of everything and it came out great – http://joyof.kosher.com/recipe/sara-maybergs-water-challah/

  8. avatar says: FAL

    Does anyone have a recipe that will replicate the challah from Zomicks? They have absolutely the best challah i have ever eaten. It is moist, it has taste. So many challot look pretty because the baker can braid nicely but they are basically tasteless and dry. Thank you in advance if someone can help.

  9. avatar says: moriah

    just wondering if you have a delicious recipe with 100% spelt

  10. video and receipe of challah bread w/sesame seeds

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