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Individual Apple-Stuffed Challah


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Individual Apple-Stuffed Challah

When our patriarch Yaakov masqueraded as Eisav to obtain his rightful "firstborn" blessing from his father, Yitzchak, he donned Eisav's cloak. Yitzchak exclaimed, "the fragrance of my son is like the fragrance of a field that G-d has blessed" and blessed Yaakov. The Talmud identifies the fragrance as an apple orchard, and the Vilna Gaon says this happened on Rosh Hashanah. We eat apples (tons of them) because we too want those holy blessings given to Yaakov.


  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 45 + 30 chill min
  • Ready Time : 1 hour


12 challah rolls


  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled , cored and diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch Kosher salt
  • 2½ pounds prepared challah dough
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup demerara or turbinado sugar


  1. In a large saute pan, over medium heat, cook apples, lemon juice, sugar, honey, cinnamon and salt until tender and softened, about 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375*F. On a lightly floured surface, cut dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls. Roll out each ball into a 5-inch disc. Place 2 tablespoons of apple filling in the middle of each disc Using your fingers, bring all the edges up and around the filling and pinch tightly to seal the filling inside. Place in greased jumbo muffin tins, seam side down, and repeat with remaining dough.
  3. Brush the tops with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and then cool completely on a wire rack.  Enjoy your sweet challah.


About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




4 Responses to Individual Apple-Stuffed Challah

  1. awesoem idea, I think I’ll try these when I make the Challah cinnamon buns

  2. My daughter made these for Rosh Hashana. She put all the individual buns in a circle, to make one large circular hallah, and used the dough for one bun to write “Shana Tova U’Metuka” on the top. Each diner received a whole bun after the blessing … it was wonderful!

    • how amazing!!! I love her creativity and I love this idea — hope she doesn’t mind if I steal it :-) !!!

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