BAKE ME: Pumpkin Challah

For Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I was looking for a new challah recipe. Since fall began a few weeks ago, I have been obsessed with everything pumpkin. Pumpkin scones, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin candles, even pumpkin colored clothing! I am all about burnt orange these days.

I scoured the internet to find a good pumpkin challah recipe. To my surprise, there weren’t many of them! I found one on the Kveller website by Leah Koenig. Her recipe was adapted slightly from A Blessing of Bread by Maggie Glezer. It sounded simple enough, so I decided to try it.

I didn’t have any cardamom in the house, so I substituted pumpkin pie spice instead. I also skipped the optional cornmeal, and used a little more than a 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin. I really wanted the pumpkin flavor to be strong!

The recipe was pretty easy to follow, though, when I initially combined the flour mixture with the yeast/water mixture, it didn’t seem like everything was going right. I proceeded with the recipe anyway and, in the end, it worked out beautifully! We like our challah a little chewy and dense, and this was just perfect. Our guests enjoyed it as well! I will definitely be making this challah again soon, I hope for Sukkot!

BAKE ME: Pumpkin Challah

BAKE ME: Pumpkin Challah

BAKE ME: Pumpkin Challah

BAKE ME: Pumpkin Challah

BAKE ME: Pumpkin Challah



  1. October 10, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I have never had challah bread but this looks so yummy!

  2. October 10, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    That bread looks beautiful, let alone delicious! I’m a sucker for all types of breads and pastries, and this looks and sounds like one I would love!

  3. October 10, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    The hubs is Jewish so I love challah. But I’ve never had it pumpkin flavored before. So cool!

  4. October 11, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    This reminds me of the pastry bread I used to get from a little bakery near my house when I lived in Germany! They never did pumpkin flavored anything and I always told the lady who owned the bakery that she needed to haha!

  5. October 11, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    I love all things related to bread and these look delicious!! And they’re pumpkin too??? Um can you just mail me some and I’ll pay you and smiles and eternal gratitude?!?

    Danielle | <3