This past Shabbat was cold and it was also sadly the end of Winter Break, so I felt we needed an extra sweet challah. I bake challah almost every week, although I tend to slack off quite a bit in the summer when it seems wrong to turn on the oven. But during these cold months, it is definitely high season for Challah.
I had been thinking about making a traditional babka based on this amazing looking recipe from the Smitten Kitchen which emphasizes the key to babka is the combination of cinnamon and chocolate (plus lots of butter). I took that inspiration and tried a challah with plenty of cinnamon, chocolate chips, and extra sugar. Otherwise I used my regular recipe and 100% whole wheat flour, so it was sweet and healthy too.
I will definitely be making this again, and I recommend it to any other bakers out there. You just might have to be careful of little hands reaching in before you have said the blessings. I don’t have recipe specifics, because when I make challah I sort of pour the ingredients into my mixer until it looks and feels right. But you can start with any basic recipe and pretty safely wander off with additions!
I wish you a sweet week and thanks for reading!