While it’s not necessarily central to the holiday, challah has become an integral part of many Rosh Hashanah celebrations. If you don’t celebrate, Rosh Hashanah takes place from sundown tonight to nightfall on September 6. It’s one of four Jewish new years, and it’s synonymous with the creation of new humans, animals, legal contracts, and, of course, now, good food!
To celebrate, challah’s just one of many dishes you can whip up! Though most people buy challah at the store these days, making your own can be a fun way of getting in touch with your heritage. But whether you buy it or make it, if you’re like us, any holiday entails stocking up on way more food than any reasonable guests could possibly eat. So there’s a good chance you’ll have some challah left over after Rosh Hashanah. Without a little planning, any bread product goes from “leftover” to “trash” quickly. So it’s good to have a few recipes on hand so that you can keep your challah from going to waste.
Click through for a 15 creative challah recipes!
HOMEMADE PEACH CHALLAH
Adding some fresh peaches to your homemade challah is the perfect way to embrace the season! This simple step-by-step recipe from Vintage Kitchen Notes will ensure that even novice bakers make a delicious loaf.
CLASSIC BRAIDED CHALLAH
Looking for a picture-perfect, classic challah recipe? This is it! Head over to What Jew Wanna Eat to get started baking up a delicious challah recipe.
STRAWBERRY BAKED FRENCH TOAST
Baked French toast is a great breakfast recipe to make for guests because it can be assembled, or even baked, ahead of time. Day-old challah makes for seriously excellent French toast.
DEMARA SUGAR HONEY CHALLAH
This round braided demara sugar honey challah from Karen’s Kitchen Stories is especially great for Rosh Hashanah as the circular shape symbolizes the cyclical nature of the year.
CINNAMON SUGAR CHALLAH
Like other round challah loafs, this cinnamon-infused round challah loaf from Vintage Kitchen Notes represents the circularity of the year, but its sweet cinnamon flavor also represents hope for a sweet new year.
CHALLAH FRENCH TOAST WITH MAPLE BUTTER
This irresistible challah French toast recipe is topped with juicy mixed berries and smoky maple butter. Breakfast perfection!
SPICED PUMPKIN CHALLAH
Savor the flavors of fall with a spiced take on pumpkin challah from What Jew Wanna Eat. Her simple recipe bakes up into a beautiful braided loaf.
This recipe form Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks is the perfect started recipe for homemade challah newbies.
KALE AND CHEDDAR STRATA
A savory strata can be a great way to use leftover challah for a satisfying dinner. This recipe is especially wonderful because it only takes minutes to prepare!
MEYER LEMON BLUEBERRY CHALLAH BREAD PUDDING
Turn leftover challah into dessert with this wonderfully sweet and tangy recipe for Meyer lemon and blueberry bread pudding.