I’m not a huge fan of figs, but I happened upon the Smitten Kitchen fig challah recipe and knew my spouse would love it. For this challah, you make a fig paste using dried figs, orange zest and juice, and water.
The fig paste is then spread on the challah:
And the challah is shaped. I chose a twisted ring because I thought it would be pretty:
It was beautiful:
Our guests compared the filling to that of a fig newton cookie. It was sweet– which must come from the dried figs, as there was no sugar added. And the bread was cake-like. Even as someone who doesn’t appreciate figs, this was a good challah.
One guest suggested it would be a good one for Rosh Hashanah and I enthusiastically agree. I may have to put it in my regular RH rotation.