Cinnamon-Sugar Challah

"AMAZING challah that my mom is famous for. It's a family joke that anyone who has it always says some variation of "it's cake!"/ "why are you serving dessert first?" I've made it a bit healthier by making it with whole-wheat dough. Have fun with the fillings! My mom's traditional one is with cinnamon and sugar, but I've used dried fruit, jam, fresh fruit, seeds, fried onions, fresh basil (makes the bread tastes like pesto), craisins... enjoy!"
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Ready In:
2hrs 30mins
2-4 loaves




  • Mix yeast, sugar and water.Add flour, eggs, oil and salt. Knead well. Add more water if needed. Leave the dough slightly stickier if you want a lighter bread.
  • Let to rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours. Punch in, let rise for 1/2 an hour.
  • For cinnamon-sugar challah: Roll out dough to 2-4 squares/rectangles. Sprinkle cinn-sugar liberally. Roll up.
  • If incorporating fruit etc into dough: Divide dough into 2-4 pieces. Add what you want. Let dough rise 1/2 hour. Shape. Let dough rise another 1/2 hour in desired shape.
  • Bake at 180 C/ 350 F for about 30 minutes.

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I live in Israel with my husband and baby daughter; Ya'ara Kinneret. I'm an artist, but firstly a mom- so that means my work has been put on the back burner for the past 8 months (since Ya'ara was born). So I've found a different artistic outlet- in the kitchen! I've realized I really like to cook; it lets me express my creativity and, more importantly, feed the people I love. I've been a big fan of recipezaar since I discovered it over a year ago. Thank you to all the great, upbeat cooks who "live" here; for your inspiration and wisdom, and for the sense of community you give this site!
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