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16 Challah recipes to enjoy this traditional braided bread

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

Challah, that braided Jewish bread that's eaten during Shabbat and holidays. Its popularity has grown so much that it's offered in bakeries around the world.

Challah is a rich dough and a gorgeous one at that. You'll need a bit of practice to get the braiding just right, but the results are so worth it. Plus, not only is challah great on its own, but it's a fantastic bread to use in recipes like French toast, stuffing and more.

1. Classic challah bread recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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Start by baking up classic challah bread, and get the hang of how to braid the traditional way.

2. Simple whole-wheat challah bread recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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This simple whole-wheat challah bread adds a splash of health with the addition of the whole-wheat flour. It's hearty and perfect when buttered up.

3. Apple-honey challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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Apples and honey are key seasonal ingredients in the fall and winter, thus this loaf of apple-honey challah is the perfect one to bake up this weekend.

4. Pumpkin challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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Use up that last bit of pumpkin puree by baking this pumpkin challah for the holidays.

5. No-knead challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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We're loving the simple technique in this no-knead challah — perfect for those novice bakers.

6. Savory tomato-stuffed challah bread recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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How gorgeous is this savory tomato-stuffed challah bread? We love a savory twist on a traditional recipe.

7. Rainbow challah bread recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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This rainbow challah bread would be a fun project for the kids this weekend — so colorful and fun to braid.

8. Honey challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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Lightly sweeten your challah, and you'll have this honey challah, a great bread to eat as is or to use in baked goods like bread pudding.

9. Bamboo charcoal challah bread recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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This unique loaf of bamboo charcoal challah bread contains ground charcoal — an interesting addition used in Asian baking but not so much in American baking. Charcoal is known for its purifying properties, thus making it a healthy addition.

10. Brown sugar cinnamon swirl challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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This sweet brown sugar cinnamon swirl challah loaf is gorgeous, and it would also be fantastic if you added more warm spices to it, like cloves or cardamom.

11. Pomegranate-beet challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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How gorgeous and colorful is this pomegranate-beet challah bread? The tiny jewel-like seeds and the earthy beet puree add a lovely deep red hue to this loaf.

12. Fig, olive oil and sea salt challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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The combination of ingredients in this fig, olive oil and sea salt challah makes for a sweet and salty bite.

13. Poppy-sesame seed challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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The tiny seeds in this poppy-sesame seed challah not only add great flavor but also a lovely texture.

14. Egyptian sesame challah recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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Serve this Egyptian sesame challah drizzled with fresh honey for a traditional bite.

15. Challah pretzels recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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Instead of braiding, twist and make your dough into challah pretzels.

16. Challah French toast with roasted apricots, vanilla mascarpone and toasted almonds recipe

You won't be able to resist these traditional and unconventional takes on challah bread

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Have some leftover challah? Re-create this challah French toast with roasted apricots, vanilla mascarpone and toasted almonds, great for brunch or special breakfast events during the holidays.

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