Honey Challah with assorted Toppings

Honey Challah with assorted Toppings

Of course I had wanted to get this post up before Rosh Hashanah, but it wasn’t meant to be. Still, most people continue to eat sweet round challah until after Succos, so I’m sure this recipe will prove useful (and there’s always next year!).

My sister-in-law Ruti used to make challah each and every Shabbos. She was always looking for new recipes, so I bought her Tamar Ansh’s challah book. After trying many different recipes, she came up with her own variation and my adapted version has been my go-to recipe ever since! I truly believe that delicious challah is a result of the love you put into it. If you just dump the ingredients into a bowl and mix it, the challa with turn out dense and heavy. For soft and fluffy challa, you need to take the care to sift the flour and knead the dough. I don’t have a bread machine, so I make my challah by hand. For me, it’s a labor of love. I’m happy to share Ruti’s recipe with you, but keep in mind that your altitude, humidity, and other factors all affect the dough.

Personally, when it comes to challah, I want to taste purely the bread. I don’t mind something sprinkled over the top, but I don’t play around with the dough. However, if you’d like to experiment, here are some filling ideas to mix into the dough before braiding:

– craisins and orange zest
– garlic and rosemary or sage
– raw or caramelized onions & poppy seeds
– fresh fruit (apples, blueberries, strawberries)
– dried fruit (apricots, figs)
– raisins and nuts
– chocolate chips
– olives
– oats


– honey (see below)
– maple syrup (see below)
– sprinkles or nonpareils
– brown sugar
– cinnamon-sugar
– sweet crumbs (see recipe below)
– za’atar
– sesame seeds
– poppy seeds
– minced onion flakes
– minced garlic flakes
– “everything” (my favorite!) : sesame seeds, poppy seeds, minced onion, minced garlic, coarse salt

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53 thoughts on “Honey Challah with assorted Toppings

  1. Hi, Challah recipe sounds great – just to be clear, how many cups of flour should I use? (I’m in Israel, flour comes in 1 kilo bags.)

  2. Just made my challah for yom tov using your sweet crumbs…. Haven!
    It smells so good I am praying it will still be around for yom tov! self control….

  3. Good morning…shana Tova….quick question…I am making the dough now and would like to bake a loaf today and then another tomorrow and the next day…..should I refrigerate the dough after the first rising or do you suggest a better time?

    1. I freeze this challah very successfully so if I were you, I would make everything now and freeze the extra. Take it out of the freezer a few hours before serving and warm in the oven.

  4. This challah looks delicious! Did anyone try making this with instant dry yeast? Tips? I can’t find rapid rise in stores here in Israel.

  5. Shavua Tov
    Wanted to try this next Shabbat but 6 challahs are too many:)
    Could you rewrite it for 2?
    Thank you
    Debbie Ohayon

    1. It can’t be divided completely evenly but here is a rough recipe:

      1 packet yeast
      1 1/2 tsp sugar
      8oz. water
      heaping 1/3 cup honey
      1 1/2 tsp salt
      1/3 cup oil
      4-5 cups flour
      1 egg, optional

  6. Hi there! If I wanted to cut this recipe in half, should I keep the one egg as is, or beat the egg, weigh it, and only use half?


  7. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Can you use a bread maker for this recipe? Also, my daughter is a vegan (no eggs or honey), did you adjust anything when omitting the egg? What do you use for an egg wash? Thank you.

    1. I’ve never tried this with a bread maker, but you can let me know how it turns out! You don’t need to make any adjustments if you omit the eggs. You can use honey or maple syrup for egg wash. Aquafaba should work too.

  8. tried the challah now by hand…was too much flour on the last step…wasnt mixing…put inside mixer and dough is ready to rise but feels hard..what should I do?

  9. I really want to try and make your challah but I only want to make 1-2 loaves. Should I just cut your recipe by more than a half, or can you recommend the correct amount of ingredients. Thank you!!

  10. hi chanie i just wanted to tell you … this is deff my go to recipe ! it was such a success , i have made two batches !!! thank you for sharing

  11. I hope all is well. I was wondering if this could be used as a sweet roll (danish) recipe (not challah). Do you have something similar with a smaller amount of flour for sweet rolls. . TIA

  12. Hello! I would really like To try and make your Challah but I would prefer not to make a recipe for six loaves. I know sometimes you can’t just half a recipe , do you happen to have a recipe for a smaller quantity for your Challah? Thank you!

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