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Pumpkin Challah


This recipe was inspired by one of our readers Beth.  She sent me her recipe and between that one and my overnight bread recipe I settled on this recipe that can be stirred up the day before you plan to bake it.It made 3 braids. for Thanksgiving. .one for French Toast the next morning. .and the Third set aside for Bread Pudding. 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 5 cups white flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  1. Put all the ingredients in your mixer bowl in the order given. .or if you want to mix it by hand. .put all the ingredients but the flour in a large bowl, stir well to combine and then stir in the flours.
  2. Do not try to knead it. will be too soft.
  3. Turn the dough into an icecream pail or other similar sized bowl.  Cover well with plastic wrap. .no not try to seal the bowl with the lid. .it will pop open.
  4. Let rise on the counter several hours and then refrigerate overnight.
  5. In the morning. .divide the dough into orange sized balls and roll between your hands into long strips.
  6. You can either braid with three strands. .or do other braid variations. really doesn't matter as long as it fits well onto a cookie sheet to bake.
  7. Fit the braids on a greased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment paper.
  8. Let rise until doubled. ..brush with a beaten egg which has been combined with a tablespoon of water.
  9. Bake in a 350 F oven for 25 minutes but check to be sure that it is evenly browned and the challah offers resistance to pressure. 


  1. Lovella, I think you and are in the same mood for experimenting with yeast. Just last night I was taking your no-knead cinnamon bun recipe, combining it with my friends FAMOUS recipe and coming up with my own recipe. This pumpkin challah looks amazing!!!! I really want to try it now, but sadly I need to get the floors washed first.

  2. Your adaptations look really good Lovella. I think I have a new favourite pumpkin challah recipe. Why am I not surprised by this?!! :)

  3. This bread looks so pretty and I like the idea using it for bread pudding..maybe with a maple sauce:)

  4. Your braids are beautiful! I must try this ...

  5. This looks delicious, I gotta try converting this to gluten free-thanks

  6. Having had some left over pumpkin from the holidays and Hanukkah being tomorrow I decided to try this.
    How in the world did you keep it from sticking to everything? I kept my hands greased, but still! it stuck to everything! LOL. It's now sitting rising! hopefully it will taste good!
    Thanks for the inspiration~


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