There’s really only one thing to say about this challah: it’s delicious. Apples and honey, the symbols of sweetness in the new year, in challah form…. you really can’t go wrong. I decided last week that I’d make this for Rosh Hashana, and I’m glad I did.
The recipe, of course, is from Smitten Kitchen. And contrary to what you might assume, it’s actually fairly easy to make. Most of the time the dough is just rising, and really the most complex parts are folding in the apples and then braiding the dough into a round. But even those steps are pretty simple, and very forgiving — if a piece of apple falls out of your dough, just poke it back in and you’re fine.
The dough stands up really well around the apples, and the honey flavor is slight, so the bread has good structure and isn’t too sweet (I left off the optional sprinkling of sugar on the top before baking). And I am so excited to make french toast with this tomorrow.
I’m not going to reproduce the recipe here — you can find it, along with some really helpful step-by step photographs of folding and braiding, over on Smitten Kitchen.