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Sliced Cranberry challah bread with sliced almonds

Cranberry Almond Challah Bread

 Recipe for Cranberry Almond Challah Bread, sweet and crunchy take on the traditional challah recipe. This loaf is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or holiday parties!
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine American, Jewish
Keyword challah bread, cranberry coconut
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Dough Rising Time 2 hours
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Warm Water
  • 1/3 cup ( 70 g) Granulated Sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups (576 g) Bread Flour
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup (56 g) Sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/4 cup (125 g) Cranberries, whole and fresh (or 1 Cup dried)

Egg Wash

  • 1 Egg, beaten with a fork
  • 1 Tbsp water

Topping

  • 1 cup (110 g) Sliced Allmonds to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  1. Stir yeast and warm water into bowl for mixer. Wait five minutes until frothy. Add in sugar.
  2. Add in eggs, oil, and salt. Then mix with paddle attachment. Once blended switch to dough hook.
  3. With Dough hook attachment at low-medium speed begin adding in flour one cup at a time.
  4. Mix until dough has formed, should be slightly sticky and firm.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and knead in dried cranberries on a lightly oiled surface.
  6. Place dough into a separate lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for an hour (or until dough has doubled in size).
  7. Press risen dough down to release excess air. Cut into 6 equal portions. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Roll each ball into a 10-12 inch strand. Place three strands onto separate lined baking sheets.
  9. Attach the tips furthest from you by pressing together with fingers. Braid dough completely to the end. Press remaining tips together and tuck slightly under loaf.
  10. Cover both braided loafs loosely with plastic and allow to rest for 45 min.
  11. Preheat Oven to 350 F (176 C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  12. Uncover loaves and transfer to cookies sheets. Brush dough with egg wash.(beaten egg and water stirred together) Sprinkle sliced almonds across the top.

  13. Bake loaves for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cover loaves halfway through baking with aluminum foal to prevent over browning. 

  14. Cool for 5 minutes, slice and serve warm! Store Bread in an air tight container for 4-5 days.

Recipe Notes

Serve with spreadable butter and honey!