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September is already here (time is flying by!) and Rosh Hashanah is almost here. It has been an unusual year and I am sure everyone is just waiting for a fresh start and for the great energy that a New Year brings. On this holiday, everything is sweet to symbolize a sweet new year ahead and I have the best impressive and delicious sweet challah filled with apple and cinnamon for your Rosh Hashanah table.
There are a lot of recipes for apple and honey for the holiday. This challah especially has honey only in the bowl that is baked with it. The reason I made it this way is that I have a baby that can't have honey yet so I kept it separate for this dish so she can enjoy the sweet challah too.
I filled the bowl in the middle of the challah with honey but you can fill it with another sweet dip if you prefer or just with pomegranate seeds. Anything you place in the bowl will make the challah fancier and it also saves space on the table that is full of great foods.
For Rosh Hashanah, we usually have a round challah that symbolize a crown or the cyclicality of the years. One year ends and a new one starts right away and the circle continues and continues like a round wheel.
There are 2 known ways to shape the challah as a round shape. Either with 4 strands and no hole in the center or the way I shaped this challah - simply braid 3 strands challah and close it to a circle. To preserve the hole, I used the small bowl that as I mentioned before is later filled with honey. The outcome is a festive crown round challah with delicious honey to dip in it. The bonus is the apple and cinnamon filling that adds more flavor and can be a tasty surprise to your family and guests.
The challah is fluffy, sweet, and yummy. The flavors of the challah fit the fall that starts soon too with the apple and warming cinnamon.
Other challah recipes on my blog:
Whole wheat challah
Sweet potato challah
The recipe yields 1 challah
For more apple recipes, check out my apple recipe index.
More delicious Rosh Hashanah recipes featured on my blog:
Nondairy Apple Tart
Parve Apple and Honey Cake
Apple and Honey Cookies
Ricotta and Honey Tart
Silan Date Syrup Cake
Apple Oat Cake
Let's get started baking this impressive apple cinnamon challah:
For the dough:
For the apple filling: