7 unique Challah recipes you’ve gotta try

    Homemade traditional braided bread - zopf, challah, brioche, close up

    Challah is one of the most important – and delectable – foods in the Jewish culture and religion. We eat it not only on Shabbat, but on holidays, at weddings, and any other events we want to make extra special.

    While we love even a basic challah (let us just say that Trader Joe’s challah is out of this world), sometimes we like to shake things up a bit and add fun mix-ins, toppings and flavors. If you’re ready to take your challah bread to the next level, start with these recipes.

    Pretzel Challah

    Pretzel challah is all the rage, plus, it’s easy to make. All you do is bake a regular challah, and then dip it in boiling baking soda and water. Top it with some salt, get a side of mustard and you’re ready for a delicious, pretzel-y Shabbat.

    Check out: Tori Avey’s Pretzel Challah Recipe

    Garlic Rosemary Challah

    Do you want a super savory challah that’ll be delicious with some warm margarine or hummus? Then make a rosemary garlic challah. If you’re a garlic fiend like us, add more than this recipe calls for and you’ll be one happy camper.

    Check out: Little Ferraro Kitchen’s Garlic Rosemary Challah Recipe

    Peppermint Hot Cocoa Challah  

    OMG: Now, we know Jews don’t celebrate Xmas, but we still love the signature tastes of the season, including special drinks from Starbucks and, of course, peppermint-flavored candy canes. If you love the combo of peppermint and chocolate, you’re absolutely going to be “chead over cheels” for this challah.

    Check out: The Nosher’s Peppermint Hot Cocoa Challah

    Cinnamon Apple Stuffed Challah

    If you need a signature challah for Rosh Hashanah, this is it. Top it with a nice heaping spoonful of honey, and you’ll be sure to have a shanah tovah (happy new year).

    Check out: What Jew Wanna Eat’s Cinnamon Apple Stuffed Challah

    Za’atar Challah

    Do you miss the taste of za’atar, which you tried for the first time when you went on Birthright? Then don’t fret! Bring back those fun memories by simply going to your local kosher or Middle Eastern store, picking up the delicious spice and making this za’atar challah, which will go well with hummus and tahini. You’ll be transported back to the Holy Land – at least in spirit anyway – with just one bite.

    Check out: The Nosher’s Za’atar Challah Recipe

    Matcha Challah

    If you love the drink, you’re sure to delight in this gorgeous-looking bread. Get some rainbow sprinkles to top it all off, and you’re in millennial challah bread heaven.

    Check out: What Jew Wanna Eat’s Matcha Challah Bread Recipe

    Challah Bread Pudding with Raspberries  

    Maybe you’re not into classic challah bread, but you’d be down to use it in a scrumptious recipe. In the fall or winter, when you need a sweet or carbalicious pick-me-up, make a delicious bread pudding with fresh raspberries. You’ll likely get a big sugar high and impress all your guests at the same time.

    Check out: Food52’s Challah Bread Pudding with Raspberries

    Kylie Ora Lobell is Jewess in Chief at Jewess, a Jewish women’s website, as well as a freelance writer for Aish, Chabad, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and The Forward.