Challah Rolls With Golden Raisins (Vegan)

Ryan Shepard - The Upside Blog

by | Updated: September 17th, 2021

Challah is a braided egg bread typically made for the Jewish Sabbath and special holidays. For Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – it’s shaped into round loaves with raisins. Vegans, you don’t have to miss out on this slightly sweet comfort carb. Try these vegan challah rolls, which feel equally at home with a holiday spread or as a Saturday snack. Even novice bread bakers can follow the kneading, proofing and baking process with these simple steps. Break out the kitchen scale for more exact measurements or use your trusty measuring cups and spoons.

Round, Braided Challah Bread Loaves With Raisins Sit on a Cooling Rack to Represent Vegan Challah |

Round, Braided Challah Bread Loaves With Raisins Sit on a Cooling Rack to Represent Vegan Challah |
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Challah Rolls With Golden Raisins

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Proof 2 hours 27 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 57 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 250 kcal
Author Ryan Shepard


“Egg” Wash


  1. In small bowl, whisk yeast with 1/4 cup (60 ml) water and 1/4 teaspoon (2 g) sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes until yeast is bloomed and bubbly.
  2. Using stand mixer, whisk flour, remaining sugar, raisins and salt until well incorporated. Pour in yeast mixture, remaining water and oil.
  3. On speed setting 2, knead dough 7 minutes until smooth, elastic and no longer sticky.
  4. Transfer dough to lightly greased bowl and cover for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Punch dough down and transfer to lightly floured surface. Divide dough into six (80 g) round balls and rest for 10 minutes covered with a slightly damp, clean dishcloth. Punch down dough balls to release air and roll into 11-inch ropes.
  6. To braid rolls, make “U” shape and cross strands. Bring right strand over and press into center. Do the same to other strand, pressing into bottom.
  7. Brush tops of rolls with “egg” wash and let rise 40 minutes uncovered.
  8. Preheat oven to 360 degrees F.
  9. Bake 15 minutes and remove from oven to brush puffed-up areas only with remaining “egg” wash.
  10. Return to oven and bake for additional 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven, brush with melted plant-based butter and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Challah Rolls With Golden Raisins
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 98mg3%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.