There are few things more perfect than a classic challah (recipe here). But sometimes it can be wonderful to mix it up, especially with surprising flavor combinations. These recipes, from savory to sweet, will keep your challah game interesting all year long. Don’t worry, we’ve included gluten-free and vegan options too!
Challah rolls just got a whole lot better.
Summer Pesto and Gruyere Stuffed Challah
This challah is a delicious meal all on its own!
Yes, you can bake meat into your challah to create this Jewish deli-inspired loaf.
Why should pastrami be the only deli ingredient in your challah? The fresh dill on top makes this loaf especially beautiful.
Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Challah
What’s not to love?
Butternut Squash and Sage Challah
A lovely, autumnal loaf.
Challah with a Chinese twist, from celebrity chef Molly Yeh.
The classic Middle Eastern spice pairs beautifully with challah.
A show-stopper challah perfect for spring.
Your favorite dessert meets your favorite bread.
Sweet, whimsical, and pastel colored — with frosting and sprinkles, of course!
Germanic-inspired winter flavors combine for a warm, richly-spiced loaf.
Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar
Fall flavors and chocolate chips together!
Pistachios, golden raisins, and cranberries stud this sweet, colorful challah.
Tastes just like Entenmann’s.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Challah
For lovers of this classic flavor combination.
This recipe makes a beautiful golden loaf with a Middle Eastern flavor profile.
Pull-Apart Challah Stuffed with Cheese and Guava
Challah with Cuban flair!
This one, with chocolate dough and chocolate chips, is for the chocoholics.
Cranberry Sauce Stuffed Challah
Perfect for the Shabbat after Thanksgiving!
Complete with gooey marshmallows melted on top.
Challahs for Special Diets
No need for honey or eggs, just a maple syrup glaze!
Gluten-free bread dough is similar in texture to cake batter, so it cannot be braided. This challah is baked in a pan shaped like a braided loaf to give it that classic look.
A little healthier, still totally delicious.
Fun Seasonal Challahs
12 Sweet Challahs for the Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah is known for challah — specifically, round-shaped challah. Here are 12 amazing ideas to start your year of challah-eating off right, from balsamic apple date challah to chocolate walnut challah.
Turkey-Shaped Challah for Thanksgiving
You and your guests will enjoy gobbling this!
Crown-Shaped Poppyseed-Stuffed Challah for Purim
Honor both Queen Esther and the classic hamantaschen filling with this beautiful challah.
The Russian take on Purim challah includes dried fruit, citrus peel, and a powdered sugar frosting.
Shlissel Challah for the Shabbat after Passover
Did you know there’s a Jewish tradition of baking a key into your challah, or baking your challah into the shape of a key for the Shabbat following Passover?
Perfect for Parashat Noach or pride month.
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