I am thrilled to have a guest post on my blog today from the one and only Shannon Sarna! Shannon is the talented and hard working Editor of The Nosher and I’m lucky to say that we have become friends through our world of blogging and enjoying delicious food. After months of chatting via email, we finally met in person for the first time at Kim Kushner’s Kosher Foodie Potluck. This hug really says it all, doesn’t it?!?
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Shannon is the Queen of Challah Baking, I asked her if she would make a unique challah recipe for my blog. If we lived closer, I would seriously pay her to make me challah every Shabbat! But in the meantime, she has created this special recipe just for me and now I’m gonna have to go make it myself.
There is nothing I love more than taking the iconic challah and mixing things up with some of my favorite flavors: stuffing it with pastrami and Russian dressing, mixing in za’atar or even filling the middle with leftover Halloween candy. I love seeing how challah can transform into a bread that is new and old all at the same time.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I wanted to create a hybrid challah that could serve as a beautiful and delicious dish for a holiday meal or just something special for a fall Shabbat dinner.
Admittedly I was a bit nervous to see how the addition of butternut squash would affect the challah. I have made pumpkin challah many times, but never before had I added butternut squash. But I am happy to report that not only is consistency of this dough just perfect, but the color is beautiful and the taste even more incredible.
You can swap out fresh sage for dried sage, but I really enjoyed the flecks of sage leaves throughout the challah dough, and the addition of some fresh chopped sage on top along with thick sea salt really makes this bread even more special. This challah would also translate for a wonderful savory stuffing.
Shannon Sarna is Editor of The Nosher. Her writing and recipes have been featured in Tablet Magazine, JTA News, The Jewish Week, Joy of Kosher Magazine and Buzzfeed. She lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband, daughter and rescue dog, Otis.
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