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Orange-Date Challah


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Orange-Date Challah

This is a great Rosh Hashanah sweet Challah with Dates and orange zest. I like to change things up for the holidays and make a sweeter challah, but raisins are getting boring so this year try dates and they go really well with some orange flavor too.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Rise Time : 1 hour
  • Ready Time : 1 hour, 20 min


1 loaf


  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 tbsp. Earth Balance margarine, cut up
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 11/2 tsp. Active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/3 cup dates, chopped
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. water


1 In 2 cup measuring cup, combine water with yeast and sugar. Allow to sit 5 minutes.
2 In large bowl combine flour and salt. Add egg, margarine and orange juice to the yeast mixture.
3 Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix, adding flour if necessary. Knead dough for a few minutes. Add orange peel and dates and continue to knead until incorporated.
4 Place dough in oiled and floured ziplock bag and allow to rise in a warm place (I put it in the microwave) for about 1 1/2 hours.
5 Punch dough down, then shape as desired and place on greased baking sheet. Allow to rise 45minutes to 1 hour.
6 Preheat oven to 375. Lightly beat egg yolk and water. Brush over loaf. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a deep golden brown and hollow sound when tapped.
7 If it is browning too quickly cover with foil. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Enjoy this tasty sweet challah on Rosh Hashanah or any time.


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!

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