Apple Butter Challah

2017-09-19
  • Yield : 2 challahs
  • Prep Time : 3:40 h
  • Cook Time : 40m

We decided to go all out this year for Rosh Hashana and make this amazing Apple Butter Challah. As if challah wasn’t already sweet, we added a little surprise in every bite with this decadent apple butter. Making your own challah is easy, but time-consuming, but it’s well worth it!

If you don’t have apple butter, you can make this challah minus the filling.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 2 cups water, between 110-116 degrees F
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 6.5-7 cups all purpose flour
  • About 1/2 cup of Apple butter

Method

Step 1

Dissolve a teaspoon of the sugar into 1 cup of water. Add yeast and let the yeast foam for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

Combine the yeast mixture with the remaining water, half of the flour, the rest of the sugar and the salt.

Step 3

Once combined, add the egg and oil. Then work in the remaining flour until the dough forms a ball.

Step 4

Remove the dough from the bowl and knead for 5-10 minutes until it becomes elastic. It should spring back when pressed with a fingertip.

Step 5

Drizzle 2 tbsp of oil into a bowl and roll the dough around to coat it in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for an hour.

Step 6

Section dough in half. With each half, evenly cut enough pieces for whichever braid you choose.

Step 7

With each piece, roll the dough out flat. Spread a layer of apple butter over the dough, avoiding the edges.

Step 8

Roll the dough back into a log (like a cinnamon roll). Repeat this until you have enough apple butter-filled pieces of dough for your braid. We sectioned ours into four pieces to make a round-shaped loaf.

Step 9

Braid the challah in whichever style you prefer. Place on a greased baking dish and brush with an egg wash. Allow to rise 1 additional hour.

Step 10

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 11

Brush the challah with a second egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. When the oven is heated, bake for 30-45 minutes on a middle rack. If the top begins to brown to quickly, cover it loosely with a piece of foil.

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