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Celebrate a sweet new year with this delicious round Apple Honey Challah recipe. Serve on erev Rosh Hashanah or have a slice for breakfast.

Apple Honey Challah

Celebrate a sweet new year with this delicious round Apple Honey Challah recipe. Serve on Erev Rosh Hashanah or have a slice for breakfast

Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine Jewish
Keyword babka, challah bread, stuffed bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Proofing Time 2 hours
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 452 kcal
Author Tiffany bendayan


For Challah Dough

  • 1.3 lbs Bread Flour
  • 3 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup Lukewarm Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

For Apple Filling

  • 2 Granny Smith Apples cored, peeled, and diced
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Egg Wash

  • 1 Egg lightly whisked
  • 1 tablespoon Water

Honey Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Water


For Challah Dough

  1. In the bowl of the mixer, add the yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar and warm water. Mix lightly and cover with a dish towel for 5 minutes for yeast to activate 

  2. Add the sugar, egg, oil, flour, and salt and mix using your dough hook on medium speed until the dough comes together. If dough is too liquid or too sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time

  3. When dough comes together and is soft and elastic, remove from mixer and place in a greased bowl. Cover with a dish towel and let it rise for 1 hour (or until doubled its size) in a warm area

For Apple Filling

  1. Mix the butter with the sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until creamy. Using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer 

  2. Mix apple cubes with lemon juice to avoid turning brown while the dough rises

Honey Glaze

  1. In a small saucepan combine the honey & water

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat while stirring with a spoon until honey dissolves

  3. Remove from heat and let it cool 

Egg Wash

  1. In a small bowl place the egg and the water. Whisk likely until combined 


  1. Grease a 9" springform pan

  2. Divide dough in half. Roll one-half into a rectangle. Spread half of the butter filling onto rectangle, leaving a ½-inch border on all sides. Sprinkle the apple cubes all over the butter mixture

  3. Starting at one long side, roll up dough, and press edge to seal. Cut rope in half lengthwise. 

  4. Repeat with the same steps with the other half of the dough

  5. Place the 4 strands of dough cut side up in a hashtag pattern (over, under, over, under) and follow the steps to make a round challah. Tuck the ends of the dough

  6. Place dough into the prepared pan and cover with a dish towel and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm area

  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

  8. Brush the top of the challah with the egg wash 

  9. Place the springform pan over a cookie sheet (to catch any spills) and bake for 20-25 minutes

  10. Lower the heat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and cover Challah with aluminum foil (to prevent tops from burning) and continue baking for 40-50 minutes or until challah is baked all the way through

  11. When challah is out of the oven, brush tops with honey syrup. Unmold and let it cool on a cooling rack

  12. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You may substitute the butter for margarine as a dairy free option.

Syrup and filling can be made in advance

Nutrition Facts
Apple Honey Challah
Amount Per Serving
Calories 452 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 451mg20%
Potassium 144mg4%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 6.2mg8%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.