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.

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The fig paste is then spread on the challah:

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And the challah is shaped.  I chose a twisted ring because I thought it would be pretty:

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It was beautiful:

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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.

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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.

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