Delicious Ways to Use Up Leftover Challah

Make Challah Bread Puddings, French Toast, and Sandwiches

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding With Pecan Butterscotch Sauce

The Spruce / Katarina Zunic 

There's nothing like tearing into a soft, lofty loaf of warm challah fresh from the oven. But if you often find yourself with lots of leftover challah after Shabbat, you'll want to use it all before it goes stale. From breakfast treats to savory sandwiches to decadent desserts, you'll find new and delicious ways to use up all of your leftover challah.

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    Challah Strata With Mushrooms, Peppers, and Asparagus (Dairy)

    Challah Strata

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    Whether you're looking for a crowd-pleasing brunch dish or an easy late-night dinner, this challah strata with mushrooms, peppers, and asparagus is savory comfort food at its best. Challah mixed with eggs and milk is layered with sauteed vegetables and mozzarella and goat cheese and then baked until puffed and golden.

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    Pumpkin Bread Pudding With Pecan Butterscotch Sauce

    Pumpkin cranberry bread pudding recipe

    ​The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

    Bread pudding is always a welcome dessert, and this one will not disappoint with its flavors of pumpkin, cranberry, pecan, and butterscotch. Challah cubes are gently combined with eggs, vanilla, pumpkin, brown sugar, soy milk, spices, and cranberries and then baked. It is topped with a rich butterscotch sauce studded with pecans. If you don't need this dessert to be dairy-free, you can use regular milk in place of soy milk.

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    Apple and Fennel Challah Stuffing (Pareve)

    Apple and fennel challah stuffing pareve recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Fresh fennel, apples, and sage lend lots of flavors and textural interest to this delicious—and totally vegetarian—take on bread stuffing. Because eggs aren't used as a binder, it's easy to make this vegan-friendly, too; just be sure to use a store-bought or homemade water challah

    Challah cubes are toasted in the oven and then tossed with sauteed onion, garlic, fennel, and celery, as well as apple, sage, and lemon zest. The mixture is baked with vegetable broth until golden on top.

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    French Toast With Vanilla (Dairy)

    French Toast with Berries and Bananas

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    French toast is always a family favorite, but when made with thick slices of challah, this breakfast treat becomes somewhat special. Top with sliced bananas, strawberries, or a handful of raspberries, along with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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    Challah Bread Pudding With Chocolate and Cherries (Pareve)

    Challah Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    Chocolate and cherries are a classic pairing; in this dairy-free challah bread pudding, you'll be treated to melting bits of dark chocolate and plumped dried cherries. The bit of amaretto adds a nice touch of almond while the vanilla and cinnamon round out the flavors. Dress it up with non-dairy ice cream or whipped "cream" for dessert, or serve it solo as a brunch dish.

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    White Chocolate Bread Pudding

    White Chocolate Bread Pudding

     Kristina Vanni

    Calling all white chocolate lovers: This bread pudding features white chocolate not once, but twice. White chocolate chips are added to the warm cream-egg mixture that is poured over cubes of leftover challah, and then used in a sauce that is poured over the top of the baked pudding.

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    Bananas Foster Bread Pudding (Dairy)

    Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

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    If you are a fan of the classic New Orleans' dessert bananas foster, then you will love this bread pudding recipe. While bananas are the star in the bread pudding, the traditional rum takes its place in a caramel-like sauce that is drizzled over the cooked bread pudding before topping off the dessert with fresh whipped cream.

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    Scrambled Egg and Tomato Grilled Cheese (Dairy)

    Tomato grilled cheese on a plate with cucumbers and tomatoes


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    Almost any grilled cheese sandwich will work well between two pieces of challah, especially this egg and tomato grilled cheese sandwich that calls for Texas toast. Whether for breakfast or lunch (or even dinner), scrambled eggs with chives nestled between sliced tomatoes and gooey, rich cheese are a perfect filling for challah, even more so when it is buttered and grilled until crispy.

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    Bread and Butter Pudding (Dairy)

    Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    A bread and butter pudding, popular in Australia and New Zealand, is the ultimate in comfort food. Slices of bread are baked in a sweet eggy custard studded with white chocolate and raisins. This recipe calls for a buttery brioche, but challah is the ideal substitute. After layering the pieces of challah in a baking dish, you sprinkle with raisins and then top with a warm mixture of milk, white chocolate, eggs, and sugar. Bake until puffed up and a nice dark golden brown.

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    Brie, Fig Jam, and Rosemary Grilled Cheese

    Brie, Fig Jam, and Poundcake Grilled Cheese with Rosemary Butter
    Grilled Cheese Social

    This recipe calls for using slices of pound cake as the bread, but using challah instead will create a sandwich that is just as delicious (and probably fewer calories). Slices of brie cheese are layered with fig jam between pieces of challah and the sandwich is grilled in a rosemary-infused butter. The sweet flavors marry perfectly with the savory cheese and herb, making for a deliciously unique sandwich.

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    Cranberry Orange Bread Pudding

    Cranberry orange bread pudding

    The Spruce 

    Cranberry and orange are a natural pairing, and this bread pudding recipe brings these ingredients together nicely. The fresh, citrusy flavor of oranges infuses both the bread pudding and the orange sauce that's served over it, and the dried cranberries add a wonderful texture to the pudding. Serve for a festive breakfast dish or dessert over the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday.

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    Cream Cheese Bread Pudding Recipe (Dairy)

    Bread Pudding

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    If you happen to have raisin challah, this cream cheese bread pudding is the perfect recipe to make using the leftovers. Cream cheese is mixed with butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, and half-and-half and then poured over the bread cubes. The pudding needs to be refrigerated overnight before baking, so it's an ideal make-ahead brunch dish.