Challah is a special leavened bread that is usually braided and enjoyed on Shabbat and major Jewish holidays. It can come in various shapes and sizes and the various ingredients are cloaked in symbolism. But no matter how you make it, homemade challah makes Shabbat extra special. Check out some of our favorite challah recipes below to get inspired for a delicious Shabbat.

Jamie Geller’s Challah Recipe

Israeli-American food writer, celebrity chef, author and founder of the Kosher Media Network, Jamie Geller, seemed like the perfect place to start when it comes to making challah. Her classic challah recipe has been shared far and wide, and she even came up with her own free ebook full of challah recipes. Be sure to also check out all of the easy-to-follow braiding tutorials if you want to impress your Shabbat guests.

Molly Yeh’s Orange Juice Challah

Molly Yeh is most known as the host of her Food Network cooking show Girl Meets Farm, and her food blog is popular amongst many home chefs. This challah recipe is inspired by her mom who used to pour a bunch of orange juice into bread dough. The orange juice adds a sweet, tangy profile, and this challah is a perfect base for French toast… if any lasts until Sunday!

My Jewish Mommy Life’s Challah

Marion is a writer and content creator with over 4 million views on her ‘Mommy YouTube‘ channel and has an engaged audience of almost 17 thousand followers on Instagram. Her favorite challah recipe is a classic and you can find a video tutorial to help you recreate her picture-perfect loaves for Shabbat.

Tori Avey’s Pumpkin Challah

Why make regular challah when you can make pumpkin challah?! This delicious recipe from cooking and lifestyle blogger Tori Avey is perfect for the fall when pumpkin cravings are high. The dough has a perfect balance of sweet and spice and the recipe makes for two large loaves perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Mayim’s Vegan Whole Wheat Challah

Looking for a vegan version of challah to enjoy? Look no further than this recipe from one of our favorite Jewish actors, Mayim Bialik! This recipe uses egg substitute and agave to make the dough completely vegan, but still quite delicious. The whole wheat flour makes the dough taste hearty and would be a perfect compliment to any Shabbat dinner.

Once Upon a Chef’s Challah

Best-selling cook book author Jenn Segal created her Once Upon a Chef blog as a way to use her culinary background after leaving the restaurant industry after having children. But her tried-and-true chef skills make for a blog full of delicious and easy-to-follow recipes including this traditional challah recipe that is sure to be a hit.

Jake Cohen’s Challah

Cookbook author and content creator Jake Cohen had the opportunity to teach Katie Couric how to make his extra-pillowy challah bread in December 2021. His recipe makes one ornate challah for Shabbat or two perfect loaves depending on what you prefer. Sweetened with both honey and sugar, and topped with a variety of seeds, this recipe makes a delicious addition to your Shabbat table.

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