Your Shabbat Challah Recipe: Salted Maple Challah


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

Of the essential elements comprising Judaism, perhaps the most universally known and beloved is challah, the centerpiece of the weekly Shabbat table and many holidays. So, every Friday the St. Louis Jewish Light is offering you a different challah recipe from our archives, our partners, and hopefully YOU!

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This recipe was shared by Barbara Stern and the Jewish community of greater Stowe. It was first published by our partners at the Jewish Food Society. Read more about the community in “Salted Maple Challah.”


  • 2¼ teaspoons (¼ ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup water, heated to 115º
  • 5½ cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple sugar (found at specialty food stores, or here)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 eggs, plus 1 yolk
  • ½ tablespoon white sesame seeds