Sunday, September 21, 2014

Easy Gluten Free Challah ( batter recipe)

challah made with coconut flour

I made this beautiful gluten free challah from start to finish in less than an hour, and it looked and tasted fabulous!

Gluten Free Challah is one of those recipes that is usually a challenge to make because the challah dough needs to be kneaded and braided. Without gluten, flour has no elasticity and it really is a challenge to braid. I made one once and it came out very dry , more like a pretzel.

I gave up until I decided to make a challah recipe with coconut flour batter and a challah mold. You could use one like I bought, or for Rosh Hashanah use a round bundt pan as the mold.

If you want the batter challah to look braided, you need to use a  special  challah mold that I bought on Amazon from The Kosher Cook KCBW0161 ROYAL CHALLAH SILICONE PAN -SMALL  The mold has bumps that make it look like a real challah after baking .

silicon challah mold
                   Buy Here: The Kosher Cook KCBW0161 ROYAL CHALLAH SILICONE PAN -SMALL

 I ordered the  SILICONE PAN -SMALL  and they shipped it so fast, I had it in time for the holiday.( It only took three days to get here). I made the challah right away.

It is so so easy to make the batter ( I Just mixed it in a bowl) and then I poured it into the mold. Actually, I made it with my 3 and 6 year old grandkids. Does it get any easier? 

Little hands mixing the batter

To my surprise this grain free/gluten free dairy free challah looked absolutely beautiful and tasted wonderful. I will be proud to serve my homemade challah this year at our holiday dinner for 20 !

Does it taste exactly like regular Challah? 
No, it's texture is more like cake than bread, and it denser .But it slices beautifully and tastes delicious. If you are not an experienced bread baker, like me, and don't want to mess with yeast or risk a dry end product, then this simple batter quick bread type challah may be for you. It will look like a challah but taste more like a sweet cake. BUT it is gluten free!!

If you do not want to purchase the silicon challah mold you have two other choices: 

1. Use a loaf pan. It will not look like a challah, but will not look like a challah It will come out like a quick bread.

2. Use a round bundt pan , especially for Rosh Hashanah, to get a round challah

3. I love the authentic challah look of this challah pan. I bought it once and have been using it over and over again. SILICONE PAN -SMALL

grain free challah

Judee Algazi of Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients for one small loaf/mold; ( small is enough) 
double recipe  for the large mold but just fill the mold half way

5 large eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon of raw honey ( or more if you like it sweeter)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup of ground almonds flour ( I bought mine at Trader Joe's)
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp baking powder ( aluminum free )

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl mix the eggs, honey, and oil. In a small bowl mix the coconut flour and almond flour, sea salt and baking powder and sift. Add the dry ingredients slowly to the wet ingredients while mixing with a fork until smooth and no lumps. Pour into the mold and bake for 35-40 minutes until it feels firm. Remove immediately from mold and allow to cool on a cookie sheet.

MY NOTES: If you purchase the large mold , you will have to double the recipe;
for ease I suggest the smaller mold .

I found that the large mold  too big - remember coconut flour is very high in fiber and very filling - you won't eat as much of this bread.. However, If you do want to purchase the large mold, you can just fill it half way with batter and it will work fine and by buying the large mold , it will give you a choice to make a small or large challah!

*** I use only local raw honey as opposed to regular commercial honey that may originate in China here's why 

Gluten Free traditional Jewish Holiday Recipes: 

 Gluten Free Matzo Ball Recipe ( the best and easy) 

Rosh Hashanah (5 holiday vegetarian Recipes) 


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  1. What a beautiful challah. Catherine

    1. Thank you Catherine. I was very pleased with it and it was my first attempt with this mold.

  2. I came right over when I saw your comment on my blog. Would you believe, I have the pan but not a good recipe. This is as easy as can be and I am planning on making it for Yom Tov. Thanks Judy.

    1. Chaya,
      I hope you do make it since you have gluten free eaters. It's wonderful to have

  3. hi, what temp. do you bake it at? Thanks!

    1. So, so sorry. 350 degrees.. I just added it into the post. Thanks for letting me know

  4. gluten-free - and yeast-free - WOOT WOOT!

    1. That's just how I felt.. and EASY EASY too..Hope you get to try it

  5. I've never seen a mold like that before. Hmm...

    1. Raia,
      I was very intrigued by it as well and it makes the challah look beautiful. I had to buy it..

  6. Wow. This is just what I needed. I've been missing bread so much! And this looks wildly easy!

    1. LIna,
      This is a very dense sweet type of bread. A little different than regular challah but delicious

  7. This looks really easy to make and do and allows people who can't have gluten to still be able to partake.

    1. Yes bread is one of the things missing for those of us who need to follow a gluten free diet. This challah is very festive

  8. Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight at 8PM CST.

    Have a great week!!

  9. It's lovely to see a gluten free recipe for Challah. It looks delicious, Judee. Pinned and will tweet. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

    1. April,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment each week on my recipe It is appreciated. See you nest week at the Hearth and Soul Hop..

  10. This looks and sounds delicious :)

    Thanks for linking up #Creativemondays

    1. Claire, it is really delicious and perfect for the Jewish holiday. So happy to share on creative mondays

  11. The challah looks really great!
    How is the taste like?
    I've tasted GF bread once and didn't like the texture.

    1. It did look amazing. It does not taste exactly like a regular challah, but it is very good. It slices beautifully and taste like a mildly sweet bread. It is perfect for french toast.

  12. I'm so happy to find this recipe!! My son and I are allergic to wheat, dairy, yeast and gluten intolerant. I've been looking for a gluten free and yeast free recipe for bread and was so happy to find this challah recipe! Can't wait to make it for this Shabbat.
    Thank you!

  13. Judee, your challah bread looks amazing. I love that there is finally a gluten free recipe for this delicious bread, and that mould is just fantastic. Sharing. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to 'see' you again this week!

  14. Hi Judee. And thanks for visiting my blog. never heard of challah but I have now. As a bit of a foodie I need to visit you again.

  15. Sweet friend,
    thanks most sincerely for the lovely comment you left on ~ My little old world ~, I sincerely appreciate it!

    Wishing you a most beautiful remainder of your week

    XOXO Daniela

  16. Thank you! This has been pinned along with the matzo ball soup! I need to make single serving sizes for just little ol' me. But i am going to skip the challah for another occassion. I am so excited thank you - challah was one of my all time favorite breads. You rock! - NurturingHerRoots (Aka - Amanda)

  17. I have been searching for a Gluten & Yeast free Challah/Bread for a LOOOONG time.(Allergic to both) & just came across this recipe. looks & sounds amazing!!!
    I know You keep saying it's gr8 for French toast, & is like a sweat bread, but can it Be used for making sandwiches ?
    Thanks, cant wait to try it.

  18. I have tried to make challah for years, with few successes. I don't have a lot of pans. Is it OK to use a pyrex bowl (I have a dark one and clear ones)?

  19. I made the recipe using maple syrup, oat flour instead of almond and a little cinnamon. It came out a little crumbly but delicious. Does the loaf freeze well?

  20. This recipe doesn’t contain any of the 5 grains to enable those eating it to say hamotzi. Has anyone tried using certified gf oat flour instead of the coconut flour?

    1. Hi Helen,
      If you read the previous review directly above yours from Esti, she says that she used oat flour and it was delicious but a little crumbly.

    2. I would add a little xantham gum (maybe 1/2 tsp), it will bind the oat flour and make it less crumbly


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