Cranberry Challah Recipe

Carrie Vasios Mullins

The traditional loaf gets an autumnal upgrade with cranberries.

Note: I found this tutorial from The Shiksa in the Kitchen to be very helpful with creating a 6 strand braid and have used her method here.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 3 hrs 30 mins
Serves: 8 to 12 servings
Makes: 1 loaf

Rate & Comment


  • 1 1/4-ounce (7g) package active dry yeast

  • 1/4 cup plus 3 teaspoons sugar, divided

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 3 large eggs, divided

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast with 1 cup warm water and 2 teaspoons sugar; let stand 5 minutes until bubbling.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together vegetable oil, 2 eggs, salt, and remaining sugar. Add in yeast mixture. Add flour and stir until just comes together. Attach dough hook and knead dough on medium speed until shiny and elastic, about 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a large oiled bowl and cover with a dish towel. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

  3. Punch down dough and let rest for another 1/2 hour.

  4. Knead in cranberries. Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an approximately 12-inch strand. Lay strands parallel to each other on a baking sheet. Press one end of strands together. Take the strand furthest to the right and weave it towards the left through the other strands using this pattern: over 2 strands, under 1 strand, over 2 strands. (See note) Repeat again, always starting with the farthest right strand, until strands are all braided. Tuck leftover ends together. Let rest for 1 hour.

  5. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Beat remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water. Brush loaf all over with egg wash. Bake bread, until golden, about 35 minutes.

Special Equipment

Stand mixer, baking sheet, pastry brush

This Recipe Appears In

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
242 Calories
6g Fat
40g Carbs
6g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 242
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 176mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 69mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)