ROSH HASHANAH CHALLAH DEMO: Round Jewish Holiday Bread with Apples, Raisins, and Honey

Cuisine & Diet:  Ashkenazi, Breads and Pastries, Dairy, Dairy-free, Eastern European, German, Jewish, Kid-Friendly, Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat, Shavuot, Sukkot, Vegetarian

This lesson is a 1-hour live virtual demonstration on how to make a sweet round challah for the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashanah. Participants are welcome to prepare their own dough along with me during the lesson and/or prepare a batch ahead to continue with the shaping/braiding process. In order to cover all the steps of challah-making in the 1-hour time frame I will be working both with prepped-ahead dough as well as a batch that I will make from scratch during the lesson.

During this lesson I will demonstrate the following:

  • Brushing 1 batch of pre-braided dough with egg wash, sprinkling with seeds, and placing it in pre-heated oven
  • Braiding and forming 1 batch of prepped-ahead dough with apples and raisins, and getting it ready for 2nd rise
  • Preparing 1 batch of dough from scratch, and getting it ready for 1st rise


All-purpose unbleached flour

Salt (kosher preferred)
ACTIVE dry yeast
Vegetable or canola oil
Sesame and/or poppy seeds for sprinkling on top (optional but suggested)
Raisins (black, yellow, or mixed; optional)
Mix of sugar and ground cinnamon (optional)
Red apples (optional)

Measuring cups and spoons
Kitchen scale, for weighing flour (optional but preferable)
Large mixing bowl and spoon (for mixing dough)
Large mixing bowl (need 1 for each dough that needs to rise)
Plastic wrap or light kitchen towel, for covering rising dough
Large baking tray or half sheet pan, for baking 1 or 2 standard challah breads
8- or 9-inch round baking pan (if forming and baking dough into round shape)
Parchment paper or silicone baking pad, for lining baking trays/pans (optional but highly recommended)
Small bowl or cup, for making egg glaze
Pastry brush, for brushing unbaked breads with glaze
Pastry Scraper (optional but recommended for easily picking up/cleaning dough from bowl and counter)

Jennifer Abadi | ROSH HASHANAH CHALLAH DEMO: Round Jewish Holiday Bread with Apples, Raisins, and Honey