Sweet Cranberry Hallah
A few years ago, when I was developing my line of Voilà! Hallah Egg Bread Mixes, I created a bread recipe for Thanksgiving—my Sweet Cranberry Hallah, which is more like a sumptuous babka than challah. Delicious any time, it’s a great way to mix the two holiday traditions that make up this year’s rare occasion of Thanksgivukkah.
- Ingredients for 1 box Tribes-A-Dozen Traditional Egg Bread Mix plus 1 extra tablespoon oil
- Or make your favorite challah dough, adding an extra tablespoon of oil for elasticity
- 6 tablespoons orange marmalade
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
- 100 grams marzipan or 3/4 cups slivered almonds processed to a paste with orange marmalade
- 1/4 cup diced crystallized ginger, optional
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Egg Wash
- 1 egg white
- 1-3 teaspoons sugar, optional
- Prepare dough according to your recipe or the dough following the instructions on the bread mix box, making sure to add the oil to the mixture. After you get through instruction 3 on the box—or once the dough has risen in an oiled bowl for 10 minutes, oil or lightly dust your counter or board with 1 teaspoon oil or 1 teaspoon flour.
- Stretch the dough with your hands over a large board (as if you were stretching pizza dough). Spread orange marmalade all over the dough, leaving a 1-inch margin at the edges, then spread the cranberry sauce. Crumble the marzipan, if using, all over. Roll the long side of the dough away from you. Fold the roll in half and twist the two parts. Tuck the thin edge under to create an even loaf and place in an oiled or parchment-lined bread pan.
- Let rise for 45 minutes in a warm, draft-free area. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 15 minutes before baking time. Apply egg wash all over the loaf. Bake on middle rack of oven for 15 minutes. Take out and apply egg wash again, sprinkle with streusel and place back in oven for 30 more minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the loaf; if it comes out clean, it’s done. If not, bake for 5 more minutes.
- Note: This is a non-dairy recipe. You could substitute melted butter for the oil in the dough. You could also spread some butter on the dough and then add the rest of the filling.