The title sounds like a mouthful, doesn't it? But oh what a delicious mouthful this…
It’s like apple pie meets challah! Classic cinnamon, brown sugar and apples roast together together before being stuffed into challah. Then the stuffed apple challah is generously sprinkled with a brown sugar cinnamon streusel topping. If this doesn’t scream Rosh Hashanah and fall, I don’t know what does!
Apple Stuffed Challah for Rosh Hashanah
Apple challahs are notablely one of the most popular and traditional recipes to make for the Jewish New Year. For the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish people will eat sweets to bring in a sweet new Year, usually in the form of apples and honey.
Apple Pie Meets Challah
I had so much fun creating this challah for the upcomning holiday and fall season. The entire house smlled like apple pie and it was glorious!
- Start by roasting cubed apples with cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and a shot or two of whiskey doesn’t hurt either.
- Then stuff the mixture into challah braids and braid everything together. (Traditionally, a round challah is made for Rosh hashanah, but do whatever braid you feel comfortable with).
- Then top the challah with a streusel topping tof: flour, butter, cinnamon and brown sugar and bake until cooked through, about 40 minutes.
In the mood to bake? Here are more challah recipes:
Stuffed Apple Challah with Cinnamon Streusel Topping
- 4 medium sized apples peeled and chopped into cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons whiskey (optional)
- Pinch of Kosher salt
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 1/4 ounce packet active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup vegetable or grapeseed oil + more for greasing bowl
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups all purpose flour + more for kneading
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Cinnamon Roasted Apples
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and combine apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla (and whiskey, if using) and stir together. Add mixture to a baking dish and bake fo4 30 minutes until apples are just tender and you can stick a fork through it.
- Once done, remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. (I would even recommend making this a day or few hours ahead of time and let place in refrigerator until ready.
Cinnamon Streusel Topping
- Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and salt in a bowl. Use your fingertips to rub butter into flour mixture until evenly distributed and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add 1 cup warm water, yeast packet and sugar.
- Mix lightly with a fork to get all the yeast in the water and set aside for about 15 minutes until it foams up.
- In the same bowl, add eggs, oil and honey and whisk together.
- Using a dough attachment on your mixer, begin mixing and gradually add flour and salt, about 1/2 cup at a time. Continue until everything is incorporate and dough is in a cohesive ball.
- Turn the dough onto a very well floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until dough is smooth. Too see if the dough is ready, press your finger in and if the dough bounces back quickly, it’s ready.
- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning so dough has a light layer of oil on all sides. Place a towel or plastic wrap over the bowl and let rise for about 1 hour -1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Punch the dough and divide dough into 2 balls, this will be your challot. Cover 1 ball of dough as you work with the other.
- Divide dough into 3 pieces, this will be your braid strands.. Take 1 of the strands and roll making a long snake, about 10-12 inches long, about 1-2 inches thick. Use a rolling pin to flatten the strand if needed.
- Divide apple mixture between the strands, draining any excess liquid so the apples are not too wet and seal the strand.
- Braid a 3 strand braid and roll into a circle to make a round challah. Place challot on baking sheet and let rise for another 20 minutes.
- Brush challot with egg wash and top with streusel topping.
- Bake challah for 40-45 minutes until cooked through. if topping begins to darken too fast, cover with foil for the last 10 minutes.