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Honey Apple Challah Bread

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

If you haven't yet tried my challah bread recipe, you're in for a treat.

And if you have tried it, you're also in for a treat (because you know how good it is!).

I have been wanting to try a “stuffed” version of challah bread for a while, and apple + honey seemed like a good place to start.

Nothing is changed from the actual bread recipe, but before braiding you will just add apple chunks and drizzle honey to each rolled out piece.

I attempted a new style of braiding for this recipe, which you can see in the video below. You will end up with an even prettier result if you “tuck in” the lose ends after braiding. It's not perfect but it gives you the general idea.

 

I literally can't control myself around this bread. I have about 5 seconds to photograph it and then it's gone. So it's no surprise I have more pictures of the dough than the actual baked bread.

Also that the finished picture shows no indication of all the apple and honey goodness. I'm sorry for that. But as soon as I broke off a piece, it was gone before I knew it.

You'll just have to watch the video for the full effect!

You start with adding the yeast, water, sugar, and a bit of flour.

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

You know when the yeast is working because it will look something like this:

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

Then the rest of the flour, salt and eggs.

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

Let that rise again.

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

Then stuff with apples and honey, and braid! Make sure to watch the video above for this braiding technique. You can also braid it normally like in the original recipe.

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

 

Yield: 2 loaves

Honey Apple Challah Bread

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

Honey Apple Challah Bread. A family favorite that is sweetened up with honey and apple chunks and braided together. Great for holidays!

Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons quick rise yeast (2 packets)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • dash of salt
  • 3 large eggs, (2 for dough, 1 for glazing)
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons honey (or as needed)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the yeast by mixing in with warm water and sugar. Once yeast starts to bubble, mix in 2 cups of the flour and a dash of salt.
  2. Let rise 1 hour or until about doubled.
  3. Slowly add in remaining (4 cups) flour and 2 eggs, using a dough hook to knead together.
  4. Let rise 1 more hour or until about doubled.
  5. Take dough out of bowl and knead well, adding more flour if necessary. Divide dough into 2 balls.
  6. Take each ball and divide again into 4 more sections, making long strips of dough for braiding. Roll each section out flat. Fill with apple chunks, drizzle the apples with honey and roll the dough into "snakes" by pinching together the dough around the apples. Then braid the sections together. (See video in post for braiding technique, or instead use 3 sections and braid normally). Dust each loaf with remaining beaten egg.
  7. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

Adapted from my challah bread recipe

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1 loaf

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1886Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 279mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 392gFiber: 17gSugar: 96gProtein: 52g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Erin Amidei

Sunday 27th of January 2019

I want to make a small loaf. Can I make a small portion one week and then just freeze the dough and stuff the next week? Will freezing and unfreezing the dough impact the rising part? Would I I freeze, thn the next week-thaw and let it rise, then stuff and continue? New to making my own bread. Thanks!

Monica

Tuesday 13th of August 2019

I know I'm a bit late on this, but it would probably turn out best to make the entire recipe then freeze some of the finished product. I usually wrap breads in foil so I can pop them into the oven when I want to eat them. I've done this with yeast and quick breads and it usually works best.

Kelly

Thursday 31st of January 2019

Hi Erin - I haven't tried to freeze this dough before. If you're going to try it, I'd do like you said and thaw overnight in the fridge, pull it out at room temperature for a couple hours and then continue with the process. Let me know how it goes!

Lauren

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

First time making Challah bread. Too much yeast! This bread made my whole house smell like yeast on Christmas Day. My husband was looking forward to this bread. What a waste of ingredients. I thought 2 packets was too much. I should have went with my gut. I usually only post good reviews but we were just too disappointed with this one. I made it just for the trash.

Kelly

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

I'm sorry this didn't work out for you Lauren! This recipe calls for 2 packets of yeast because it makes 3 regular challah loaves, or 2 "stuffed" in this case. A yeast flavor is usually good but if it was too strong, it could mean the dough was set to rise too long. Some yeasts are stronger than others and will rise faster. I've updated the instructions to be "1 hour OR until doubled" for rising time.