Jalapeño Cheddar Challah Rolls

I have 4 jalapeño plants this year and all are very happy.  I will definitely be replenishing my supply of pickled jalapeños. But I have a bunch of other plans for my peppers as well. The first is a Challah I have been waiting all year to make; I needed to wait for my plants to…

Southern Sweet Challah (Doris Koplin)

Practically perfect…that is the only way to describe this challah. I can say that because this is not my recipe, it is actually a recipe from Doris Koplin of Atlanta that I got from Maggie Glazer’s book A Blessing of Bread. But truly, this was as amazing challah.  With the icing and raisins it was like…

Maple Peanut Butter Challah

Now THIS was a really different challah! It was rich in texture and loaded with peanut butter flavor! It really cried out to be toasted and topped with jelly or preserves. First a banana rum preserve, then a simple strawberry. And look at the beautiful color of the loaf! Not a challah to have with a…

Lemon Poppyseed Challah

Time for a challah that will make a great breakfast bread. I love lemon poppyseed cake, so I was very excited about trying this. It was a very easy dough to work with and produced a wonderfully light, fluffy bread. The icing added a nice sweetness to balance the tang of the lemon. It was…

Sukkot Lulav Challah

My cousin shared a picture of an amazing challah with me, a challah for Sukkot shaped like a lulav and etrog. I took one look and knew I had to try to do it. And I honestly can’t believe how beautiful it turned out! For this much shaping, I used a heavier dough.  Too stiff for the standing…

The Challah Project #21 – Sourdough Churek

I have not posted a sourdough recipe in a while. Not to worry, my sourdough starter is alive and thriving, although at times I am sure it feels a little neglected. Many week go by where it just gets fed and returned to the fridge. But this week it was taken out to play! Aren’t…

Challah Project #20 – Caramelized Onion Challah

I was really looking forward to making this challah. One of my strongest memories of my family’s trips to Florida were meals at Pumperniks and Wolfie’s and their amazing bread baskets.  I had 2 favorites – the mini challah braids and the onion challah rolls. So, when making this challah, I couldn’t resist making it as…

The Challah Project # 19 – Gluten-free Challah

Our daughter was home visiting, so it was time to try a gluten-free challah. I had never done any gluten-free baking, nor had any gluten-free breads that I actually enjoyed. So I searched and searched for a recipe that looked appealing to me,  finally finding one on GFJules.com.  I have to say that I am tickled…

Chocolate Chip Challah

I had the pleasure of joining almost 200 women and girls at the Mega Challah Bake last week. What a blast as we mixed, kneaded and braided between 400 and 500 Challahs. Not the most flattering picture, but here I am as I start rolling (is my hair really that red?). We had out r…

The Challah Project #17 – Maple Syrup Challah

My Valentine’s Challah is a wonderful blend of two posts from Amanda at TheChallahBlog – her Wisconsin Maple Syrup Challah and Heart-Shaped Challah. It is funny, when she made the maple syrup challah, she broke with her practice and did an overnight rise, and when I did it, I did a single rise during the day…