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Apple Challah Bread Recipe

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After moving to North Carolina we started visiting apple orchards every fall. The county just south of us actually has more apple orchards in it than any other county in the US, including Michigan and Washington.

At the orchard stores I discovered apple bread. Not an apple bread that is heavy and dense like banana or pumpkin bread, but light yeasty apple bread with tender apple morsels suspended in its supple folds.

Making Sweet and Yeasty Apple Challah Bread Recipe with Cider Glaze on ASpicyPerspective.com

I contemplated this bread for some time, before I decided to attempt to make my own version. What sort of dough could create such a unique and addictive bread? How could it be so light and still hold up the apple chunks?

After playing with several types of bread doughs, I decided on a challah recipe. By folding small spiced apple chunks into tender airy challah dough, the layers rise up into a pillowy loaf.

Moist Yeasty Apple Challah Bread Recipe on ASpicyPerspective.com

Drizzle apple cider glaze over the top of the Apple Challah Bread Recipe and you have a festive holiday bread perfect for any occasion!

Amazing Yeasty Apple Challah Bread Recipe with Cider Glaze on ASpicyPerspective.com

Apple Challah Bread Recipe

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 45 minutes active time

Cook Time: 55 minutes


For the Dough:
  • 17 ounces all-purpose flour (About 4 cups, but it's best to weigh it.)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry active yeast
  • 7 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
For the Apple Filling:
  • 2 large apples peeled, cored and diced in 3/4 inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
For the Glaze:
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple juice or cider
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Mix the flour, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. In the bowl of your electric mixer, mix the warm water with the honey and yeast. Allow it to foam for 10 minutes. Then add the flour mix and the rest of the ingredients for the dough into the yeast mixture. Using a bread hook, knead the dough on low in the mixer, until you have a soft, smooth and elastic dough (about 8-10 minutes).
  2. Put the dough in an oiled bowl. Cover tightly and let it rise for 2 hours or until it's puffy and nearly doubled in size.
  3. Lightly butter a 9 inch round or oval baking pan that's at least 2 inches deep (Or use a greased 9 inch springform pan.)
  4. Toss the apple chunks with the sugar, cinnamon and rum. Gently deflate the dough. Transfer it to a lightly greased work surface, and flatten it into a rough rectangle, about 8 x 10 inches.
  5. Spread half the apple chunks in the center of the dough. Fold a short edge of the dough over the apple in order to cover it, patting firmly to seal the apples and spread the dough a bit. Spread the remaining apple atop the folded dough. Cover the apples with the other side of the dough, again patting firmly (Basically, you've folded the dough like a letter, enclosing the apples inside.)
  6. Take a long knife and cut the apple-filled dough into 16 pieces. Cut it in half, then each half in halves, etc... This will be very, VERY messy. The dough is slippery, apples will fall out, sugar syrup will ooze. It's not pretty. Don't worry about making all the pieces the same size.
  7. Lay the dough chunks into the pan. Crowd them so that they all fit in a single tight layer. Lots of apple chunks will fall out during this process; just tuck them in among the dough pieces, or simply spread them on top.
  8. Cover the challah gently with lightly greased plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise for about 1-2 hours, until it's a generous 3 inches high (It should come above the rim of the pan). Twenty minutes before the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  9. Place the bread in the lower third of the oven. Bake it for 55 minutes, or until the top is at least golden brown all over and has no white spots.
  10. Remove the challah from the oven, and after 5 minutes loosen the edges and carefully transfer it to a rack.
  11. Cool completely. Then whisk together the cider and powdered sugar and brush or drizzle it over the top, allowing it to drizzle down the sides.

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53 Responses to “Apple Challah Bread Recipe”

  1. Kristenposted October 25, 2010 at 3:54 am

    That is beautiful apple bread! I wish I actually had the time to bake every single delightful apple recipe out there. This one is definitely one that must be tried!!


  2. suburban prepposted October 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I think that I might put this towards a set of sheets for my bedroom.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com


  3. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted October 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Sommer, Congratulations on placing 2nd! That is very exciting.
    The apple bread looks very tasty.


  4. njwposted October 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS Sommer on making it to the top three in the Mountain Xpress!!! Such a HUGE accomplishment! I am so proud of you!!!!

    As for the giveaway, I would absolutely spend it on baby items. As all Asheville Moms know, this town is lacking in great baby stuff! And I would do just about anything to never have to set foot in a babies r' us ever again! How can a store selling baby stuff be so miserable!?


  5. bleejonesposted October 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    congrats, friend – you ROCK! def trying that recipe … we have a gazillion apples right now to use up from the orchard. and i wanna' win your giveaway! i'd spend it on a large pot to make curry in (just like yours!).


  6. BigFatBakerposted October 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Congrats on the blog award!! I know what you mean about the infinite amount of recipes…everyday I seem to find to find 5-15 more that I feel I MUST try. If only there were more hours in the day…
    This apple bread looks fabulous. I can't say I have ever had a light and yeasty apple bread like this, but I can imagine it is amazing.
    As for the giveaway…I would love to invest some money into a stand mixer or pan of some sort..I'm sure my kitchen is lacking something!


  7. Claudiaposted October 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I do love Rosa's blog and that cake-like apple bread is warming my spirit. Congrats on the blog accolade – that is all so much fun!


  8. Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Havingposted October 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I've been meaning to make apple bread too! I went apple picking a few weeks ago and near the orchard there was a booth selling bread exactly like what you described. I can't wait to try this to see how it compares. Thanks!


  9. Annaposted October 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Sommer, first congrats (jumpy clapping) on being Best of Western North Carolina, you so deserve to be there. Second I hope I'm in the middle of your list of friends or friends to be. (because I really think you are BFF potential). You rock girl. I didn't know "Rosa yummy yum" blog…will check it for sure. And for the apple bread I can see why you had to make it. It looks amazing. Must taste delicious. Have a great week.


  10. Magic of Spiceposted October 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations, that is so great and being the only food blog chosen, wow! Your bread looks perfect I do remember Rosa's too, and I can see why you chose it :)


  11. Annaposted October 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Oh Dear! Opsy!!! I forgot about the CSN Stores thingy. I'm sorry…I just woke up and didn't have any coffee. So my brain isn't working full potential. Lolz…..Let's see ….I would buy probably something to do with baking. I'm really into that lately. :-)


  12. Evan Thomasposted October 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I love the addition of Rum in the filling; it sounds delicious.

    I would use the money towards a good set of knives. I don't have enough of those.


  13. Carolynposted October 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations on being named the best blog! That's wonderful recognition. That bread certainly looks amazing! I will have to save it for later (like you, I have about 18 billion recipes saved) but I will definitely keep it in mind!


  14. Jenniposted October 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    This looks amazing! I can't wait to make this bread.


  15. Triciaposted October 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Love your blog…love apples. A tart pan….


  16. Jenniferposted October 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    First off…Congrats on your award. You have a fantastic blog and I am glad you are getting recognized for your efforts.

    The apple bread looks AMAZING. I just wish I had a mixer with bread hooks which leads me to the third thing…

    If I won the gift certificate I would use it towards getting myself a new mixer. :)


  17. Chocolate Frecklesposted October 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Looks really good!!! delicious!


  18. Emily Malloyposted October 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    CONGRATS! That's fantastic news, with wonderful recipes such as this, it's no wonder you should receive such honors!


  19. claireposted October 25, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    congratulations sommer! i cant think of a better blog! wohoo!


  20. claireposted October 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    ohh! i would LOVE some new cookware for sure!


  21. Jenn Chiodoposted October 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    sommer-we just picked about 40 lbs. of apples yesterday at our local apple orchard so this recipe came just in time. i'm making it this week! congrats on your food blog…it's enjoyable to read.
    if i won the giveaway….i would spend it 20 different ways (in my head) before deciding to buy something for my new kitchen. something colorful and useful. :)


  22. Susiposted October 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Congratulations on placing in the Top 3! What a wonderful accomplishment, that is certainly deserved :o)
    Your apple bread looks simply divine! Love everything about it and that glaze just takes it over the top for me!


  23. Amyposted October 26, 2010 at 1:49 am

    This bread looks amazing! I love that you put big chunks of apple and included rum! Great recipe :)!


  24. Evan @swEEtsposted October 26, 2010 at 1:50 am

    First of all congratulations! I totally do the same thing with recipes from blogs.. I have over 40 in my inbox right now, about 100 in my foobuzz inbox and those are not including the ones I've already printed :) ha But if this recipe is as good as you say I may have to bump it up on the list!


  25. lauraposted October 26, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Ah! This looks amazing, Sommer, and of course, you have completely earned your award – your blog is the best!!! I just made an apple cake today and was just thinking yesterday that I would love to incorporate apples into a yeast bread I could slice for breakfast – how perfect! As for CSN stores – I'd get a new muffin pan – I love my mini muffin pan but am in need of a great full size pan. ( :


  26. Eileenposted October 26, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Congrats on the recognition!!! As for the bread, it looks out of this world, and if I had $35 bucks towards something from CSN I'd buy an ice cream maker.


  27. Meganposted October 26, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Congrats! That is great about your placing in the top 3!…No surprise here though, I love your blog! :) I love the apple bread…I might have to try this one sometime! And for the contest, I have been in dire need of a good knife sharpener.


  28. sophiaposted October 26, 2010 at 3:30 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Oh wow, that makes EVERY minute and effort you spent on this blog worth it, doesn't it? And what best way to celebrate it than to bake some more! This apple cake is REALLY calling out to me. I must make it someday! I have it bookmarked! :-)

    Hm…I would love the $35 to get a rolling pin and a springform pan!


  29. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted October 26, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Congrats on being named the top blog in North Carolina! That's awesome! The bread looks awesome too :)


  30. baking.serendipityposted October 26, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Congrats on the award! And this awesome bread. I'd eat an extra slice just to celebrate :) As for CSN…I hear they have yoga mats…not so food-y, but something I've been needing lately.


  31. thelonelyradish.composted October 26, 2010 at 6:12 am

    If that isn't face first bread, I don't know what is.


  32. Heavenly Housewifeposted October 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Great recipe, I have loads of apples this year from my trees in my back yard, and I'm always looking for cool recipes that i can use them up with. This looks fabulous.
    *kisses* HH


  33. Cherineposted October 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Gorgeous cake!


  34. Sanjeeta kkposted October 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Beautiful texture for this gorgeous apple bread!


  35. Dimahposted October 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    So beautiful! It looks so amazingly good!!


  36. 5 Star Foodieposted October 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Congratulations on the award! and the apple bread looks definitely amazing!


  37. Suchitraposted October 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Congrats and the cake has been baked to perfection!


  38. Emily Zposted October 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Congrats on such a lovely honor! And I am with you… I bookmark soooooo many recipes but then they just pile up and pile up… which is why my theme for this week is cooking some of those bookmarked recipes in order to clear some of them out!


  39. acoupleinthekitchenposted October 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Love the idea of apple challah. That would make a mean french toast!!!


  40. Valerieposted October 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I love your apple bread! Too tempting! If I got a gift card, I'd definitely put it towards a stand mixer. :-)


  41. Susan @ The Spice Gardenposted October 29, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Sommer, this apple cake looks a masterpiece! It is exciting when you perfect a recipe isn't it?
    Congrats on the blog award, too ! This is wonderful news! As for the favored kitchen gadget … I'd put the certificate toward a stand mixer … my arm gets tired whipping batters and sauces and mixing doughs.


  42. lynneposted October 29, 2010 at 6:49 am

    The cake looks amazing! I would love to buy some new cake pans!


  43. Hyosun Roposted October 30, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Congrats on your well deserved blog award!! Your apple bread looks sooooo good!I am making it this weekend.


  44. gringarlposted November 1, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Congratulation on the award, you deserve it.
    The bread looks so good, I like the shape you gave to it.


  45. Tamannaposted November 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    this apple bread which looks like a cake looks jaw dropping delicious. i can gulp 3 to 4 pieces in my mouth ! i am loving fruit in baking these days thanks for recipe!


  46. Bar Stoolsposted March 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Not only beautiful … i cooked one and it tastes amazing !!


  47. Christopher Sorelposted October 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I would use it to by a new spring form pan to make this. Mine is rusty and horrible now after the years of use


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  50. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cookingposted November 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    This bread looks fantastic! I have a weakness for challah bread and you just made it even better!!!!! 


  51. crystal sposted November 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Congrats! I would love to spend it on baby items for my sister who is expecting!


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