Challah with Cinnamon Honey Butter Traditional Jewish bread. Beautiful braided bread made with eggs. Perfect for Easter serves up wonderfully with cinnamon honey butter.
The first time I decided to make Challah was last Easter. We had just finished Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman. The study was intense but great. I learned so much about a story that I had read plenty of times before. But this time it took on new meaning to me. Beth Moore really gave insights into hows and whys.
I did the study along with a large group of ladies from church. After the study we finished up with a Purim celebration. Wikipedia.org describes Purim as “is celebrated by giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, a celebratory meal, and public recitation of the Scroll of Esther. Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.
We didn’t serve up any wine. But we did dress up and share traditional foods. My contribution to the celebration was challah served up alongside cinnamon honey butter. There was one problem. I only made one loaf and the kids were pleading for a taste. They thought it looked so good. I promised if there was anything leftover I would surely bring it home for them.
Well, unfortunately for them there wasn’t. But of course Mom could always make more. After all, I do love baking.
I was pleased with the results and the taste of challah. It’s different than many breads of tried before. I think mostly because it has the eggs and it’s sweeter than your traditional yeast breads.
The best part was the braiding. So fun. This can be braided in a variety of ways. I just choose the traditional 3 strand. You could of course do 4 or 6 as well.
According to Wikipedia.org “Each single loaf is sometimes woven with six strands. Together, both loaves have twelve which may represent each tribe of Israel. Other numbers of strands commonly used are three, five and seven. Occasionally twelve are used, referred to as a ‘Twelve Tribes’ Challah.”
After braiding just place on parchment paper. This parchment is wonderful. It has never ripped or torn on me in all the things I’ve baked.
There is so much history and significance in this bread. I truly think it will be a tradition this time of year to make this bread and share with my family. Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful day.
Til we meet and eat again,
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TO MAKE THIS RECIPE WELL:
Challah with Cinnamon Honey Butter
- 1/2 cup warm water 110 degrees
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs plus 1 large yolk
- 3 - 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 large egg white
- 2 Tablespoons water
- For Cinnamon Honey Butter
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Whisk together water, oil, eggs and egg yolk in a large measuring cup. Use stand mixer with dough hook and combine 3 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. On low speed, add water mixture and mix until dough comes together nicely, about 2 minutes.
- Increase mixer speed to medium-low and knead until dough is smooth and easily stretched, about 8 minutes.
- If after 4 minutes, more flour is needed go ahead and add remaining flour 2 tablespoons at a time. Dough should stick to the bottom of the bowl but clean the sides.
- Place on a lightly floured surface and knead to for a smooth ball. Place in a large oiled bowl. Cover with greased plastic and let rise until doubled about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place dough on lightly floured surface and divide into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a 16 inch long rope. Place 3 strands lined up about 2 inches apart. Take left strand and wrap over middle strand. Take right strand and wrap over middle. Continue braiding back and forth until bread is complete. Tuck ends under to make nice rounded corners.
- For the Glaze:
- Beat egg white and water together in a small bowl. Brush over loaf. Cover with greased plastic and let rise in warm place until nearly doubled in size. Dough should barely spring back when with poked with knuckle, 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours.
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush loaf with remaining egg white wash. Sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds if desired. Spray lightly with water. Bake until golden brown and center of loaf registers 200 degrees, 30 to 40 minutes, rotating loaf halfway through baking.
- Let cool for 15 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Allow to cool for 2 hours before slicing.
- For Cinnamon Honey Butter
- Place butter honey and cinnamon in a mixing bowl fitted with wire whisk attachment. Whip on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Serve alongside sliced Challah.
Recipe from: Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book
Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE says
I LOVE FLAVORED BUTTER. Sorry for my excitement, but I do, especially with honey and cinnamon. You know what, I love how pretty a loaf of challah bread always looks. Seriously, the prettiest bread out there 🙂 Looks lovely, pinned for later. Thanks dear, Happy Monday!
Thanks Kelly! You’re sweet. Thanks for the pin too. 🙂
Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps says
I LOVEE challah, and yours is nothing short of fabulous. I never knew the history behind it! Thanks for sharing!
A fellow lover…awesome. 🙂
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
You made such a beautiful recipe, looks bakery perfection!
What a beautiful compliment Pamela!
Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says
You’re like the bread queen – how do you always get it to look like carb heaven?? This sounds delish! xx
Thanks Consuelo. 🙂
Kathy @ Olives & Garlic says
The leftovers would have been awesome for french toast. Looks delicious. I am a sucker for bread.
This definitely makes the best french toast Kathy!
Helen @ Scrummy Lane says
This looks wonderful … perhaps a little like brioche? And it was lovely to read the story about it. I’d love to try braiding a loaf like that. It looks so impressive!
Thanks Helen for the sweet compliment. Have a great day!
Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg says
It’s so perfectly browned, just gorgeous.
Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says
I so enjoy challah – but have only tried it once and it was a tad bit dry – Your loaf looks amazing! I need to try your recipe next time!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
Your challah turned out just gorgeous! Love the idea of cinnamon honey butter. Yum!
Aww. Thanks Natalie. I know you love honey butter. 🙂
That is a seriously stunning loaf of bread! The cinnamon honey butter must taste so good on a piece of the freshly baked bread. YUM!
Thanks Pam! Have a blessed day!
Lauren Allen says
I LOVE challah bread but I’ve never made homemade before! I’m definitely trying this! Found you on Time to Sparkle Link party! Pinned!
So glad you stopped by Lauren. Thanks for the pin!
Rachel Cooks says
This is gorgeous!!! I could eat the whole entire thing.
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says
Melanie, this challah looks divine! Perfect for Easter baking 😀
Thanks for the sweet compliment Cindy! Glad you stopped by.
i LOVE challah! ANd your loaf is seriously gorgeous. I’m sure it’s a dream with that butter smeared all over it!
I love Challah bread- this looks so buttery and good!
This is a truly beautiful loaf of bread! I’ve always wanted to try making one from scratch… you’ve inspired me. Found you over at Buns in my Oven. Pinned!
Thanks for your kind words Jill. And thanks for pinning!
Its been a while since I made challah – but Im tempted to make it again just to try it with some cinnamon honey butter 🙂
You definitely should Danielle. Good luck!
So glad you stopped by. Have a beautiful day!
Kenton @ Lemon & Olives says
Very cool! We Greeks have something similar we make for Easter (we even braid it, too!) but this looks just as good! I’ll have to make sure to attempt this. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by Kenton!
Have a blessed day!
Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker says
Challah is ALWAYS a winning bread, but the cinnamon honey butter you added to it is what really gets my cravings going; it sounds amazing! Gorgeous loaf. 🙂
Challah is a winning bread. The cinnamon honey butter well that’s just icing on top. 🙂
Christine @ Cooking with Cakes says
MEL!!!! this challah bread is breathtaking, no other way to say it!! I’ve said it before but I’m continually amazed by your bread prowess, and I think this is your most impressive feat yet.
You’re so kind with your words Christine!
Have a beautiful day!
Love challah bread, love Beth Moore, and love Esther! This is a great post, you have inspired me to make this! Found your blog on create it Thursdays and I am now following you 🙂
Awesome Cathy! Thanks for your kind words. Glad to find a fellow Beth Moore fan. I’m getting to go see her in Hershey in May. So excited.
Have a blessed day!
Crystal Storms says
I found your link on Thrifty Thursday, and the bread looks delicious. I was sold when you said it’s sweeter than normal yeast breads ; )
Thanks for your kind words Crystal. So glad you stopped by!
This bread is absolutely gorgeous!!!! and I love the honey addition! Would love for you to stop by and share this on The Wednesday Roundup Link Party! http://lemoinefamilykitchen.com/2014/04/wednesday-roundup-week-20-link-party/
Thanks for stopping by Angela! I’ll have to check it out.
Chris @ Shared Appetite says
What a beautiful loaf of challah! And that cinnamon honey butter looks amazing… like so much so I might eat a bit of it all by itself, hahaha.
Have at it Chris! 🙂
Jodee Weiland says
This bread is beautiful and looks so delicious! I love traditions and the foods that go with so many of them. It’s the history and the stories that along with them that intrigues me. This bread looks wonderful and has a lovely story to with it.Thanks for sharing!
Oh my goodness how amazing does this challah look?? I LOVE homemade challah. It’s like my biggest yeast weakness. Love how you slathered those big ‘ol slices with cinnamon honey butter. Must try that!
Now I found your weakness! I know what to serve you when you stop over then. 😉 Have a great day Sarah!
Melanie, I make or buy a challah every week. With that extensive “challah experience” behind me, I can say without a doubt that your challah is a beauty! The outside is a perfect golden brown while the inside is soft, moist, and a bit chewy. The Cooks Illustrated recipe is a good one! There are so many different flavors and braids that can be used. I have a friend who bakes a different type of challah each month! Another great challah recipe is from challah guru Joan Nathan and was adapted by Smitten Kitchen. You can find it here if you want to try it:
I am going to whip up some of your honey butter for my next loaf! Thanks
Wow. You must really love challah Wendy. Thanks so much for your kind words. It is a terrific recipe.
A new challah recipe each month? Cool, what a great idea. Hope you enjoy the honey butter!
So glad you stopped by! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Such a gorgeous loaf of bread! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Recipe for taste says
Really nice recipe and I love your work. thanks for sharing and caring
Cindy Eikenberg says
Melanie, this bread looks just amazing and the butter sounds delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you’re having a great week and so happy that you shared this recipe with us.
Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely delicious!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
This is such a beautiful challah! I’m so impressed that you made it because it looks fresh from a bakery. Great job!
Thanks Andi! What a compliment.
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
Wow, this is one beautiful loaf of bread, Melanie. I’ve never made challah but it’s on the list of things to make one day. LOVE the cinnamon honey butter too!
I made these a couple weeks ago and they were so beautiful and delicious! I made one with poppyseed and one with sesame seed. Challah is definitely one of my new favorite things to make. It made the most amazing sandwiches too, especially when I panini pressed it. I wanted to make french toast with the stale leftovers, but it only lasted us a couple days cause it was so good. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe 🙂
Lena | la fille lumineuse says
Even though Easter is over now, I definitely have to make this! It looks soooo tasty ♥
Thank you Lena! have a great weekend!