Jam doughnut pull-apart challah

Pull apart the soft, fluffy, cinnamon scented balls of sweet challah, & bite into a centre of deliciously fruity strawberry jam. A Chanukah Shabbat treat!

Do you ever use the recipe for one thing to make something else? Last year I made doughnuts for Chanukah and wondered whether the smooth, pliable dough would make good challah if it was baked instead of deep fried. This thought has been fermenting in the back of my mind all year, awaiting its moment of destiny. Now, that moment has arrived, and so has the jam doughnut pull-apart challah!

Pull apart the soft, fluffy, cinnamon scented balls of sweet challah, & bite into a centre of deliciously fruity strawberry jam. A Chanukah Shabbat treat!

A beautiful fusion

This really is a beautiful hybrid of two wonderful things – soft, sweet, doughy balls with a fruity jam filling, arranged into a cinnamon-sugar-crusted loaf of challah-licious perfection. Yum.

Doughnuts are all very well, but deep frying anything is a bit of a chore. Plus, they aren’t exactly the healthiest things, either.

Meanwhile, challah is lovely, but it does get a bit samey, week-in, week-out. I like to ring the changes a bit as the seasons go by, and create unique festive challahs for different occasions. You may remember my spiced apple challah for Rosh Hashanah, for instance.

Added wholewheat

I like my challah to have a touch of whole-wheat flour, as I love the flavour as well as the added fibre and nutrients. Consequently this doughnut challah has the same white:whole-wheat ratio as my regular challah. However, if you prefer an all-white challah, just sub white flour for the wholewheat, and I’m sure that will work perfectly too.

Delicious combination 

My daughter Kipper was pretty much giddy with excitement at the thought of a doughnut challah, combining as it does two of her most favourite things to eat. She wasn’t disappointed. Soft, warm, fluffy, cinnamon scented balls of sweet challah, with a centre of deliciously fruity strawberry jam. What’s not to love?!

As well as a fabulous addition to your Chanukah Shabbat table, I think this bread would be a wonderful breakfast treat on any day of the year. Fresh from the oven, who could resist? Not me, that’s for sure!

Jam doughnut pull-apart challah. Magnificent. I must clear out the back of my mind more often…

Pull apart the soft, fluffy, cinnamon scented balls of sweet challah, & bite into a centre of deliciously fruity strawberry jam. A Chanukah Shabbat treat!

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Jam doughnut pull-apart challah

Course Bread
Cuisine jewish
Keyword chanukah
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 263kcal
Author Helen


  • 165 g strong white flour (1 ⅓ cups)
  • 85 g strong wholemeal flour (¾ cup)
  • 30 g golden caster sugar (2½ tbsp)
  • Pinch salt
  • 30 g margarine or butter (2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast (15g)
  • 125 ml warm water (approx. ½ cup)
  • 3-4 tbsp strawberry jam or your favourite flavour
  • 3-4 tbsp vegetable oil

For the cinnamon sugar

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼-½ tsp ground cinnamon


  • Using a stand mixer with the dough hook fitted, mix the flours, sugar, salt, and margarine (or butter). Set aside.
  • Mix the dry yeast with the warm water and stand for 5-10 minutes until foaming. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth - about 10 minutes with the motor at a medium setting.
  • Cover the bowl and place somewhere warm for around 45 minutes or until the dough has risen in size.
  • Knock back the dough and tip out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into 16 pieces. Flatten a piece between your hands, then place about half a teaspoon of jam onto it and gather the edges of the dough around the jam. Pinch and squeeze the edges to seal in the jam, then roll between your hands to form a ball.
  • Set aside and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough until you have 16 jam filled balls.
  • Place the vegetable oil in a shallow bowl, and mix the cinnamon sugar in another bowl.
  • Roll each ball of dough first in the oil, and then in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Arrange the balls in a 20cm (8inch) round baking tin.
  • Allow the dough to rise again, for around 30 minutes, or until the balls are doubled in size and there are no gaps between them.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Bake the challah for around 25 minutes until it is risen and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the tin.
  • Pull apart, eat and enjoy!


Once the challah is assembled in the tin, it can be refrigerated for several hours before baking. However, it will continue to rise (slowly) in the fridge, so keep an eye on it!
Approx. per serving: 263 calories, 9.5g fat, 4g protein, 41g carbs

If you like this, why not check out some of my other Chanukah recipes?
Oven-fried delicious potato latkes
Sweet potato latkes in the waffle maker
Chanukah gelt hot chocolate
Crispy Chanukah chocolate bark
Spiced olive oil cupcakes
Menorah waffles – fast and easy Chanukah breakfast
Chanukah mince pies with kiddush wine mincemeat
Mulled apple juice with little apple dreidels

Happy Chanukah everyone!



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  2. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    I love the sound of the jam in the loaf, what a great combination. Pulling off a piece of the bread and finding the jam inside sounds so tempting! I would like to try making challah one day so now I know where to come for tips. 🙂

  3. This is such an amazing idea. I love making jam doughnuts for Chanukah, but deep frying is such a hassle that most of the time I just end up going with store-bought instead… so a baked loaf that takes way less effort? Yes please!

  4. I made this recently. It is so delicious! I filled some with strawberry jam, a few with cherry and apricot, and some with chocolate. It will definitely become a staple for my Shabbat table.

    • Thanks for letting me know – I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I love the idea of putting different things inside. You never know which one you’re going to get 🙂

  5. I love this, and love how you changed up a traditional dish! Such a great treat with the jam tucked away inside!

  6. I love using “typical” ingredients in a new method! This sounds like a wonderful treat

  7. Oh my, that looks delicious, so much more fun than a jam doughnut.

  8. Never had a traditional Challah so nothing to judge this against but I bet this version tastes divine!
    Janie x

  9. What a great adaptation of a traditional recipe!

  10. Now this is my kind of treat! Anything with bread and jam and I am very happy 🙂

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