How to Use up Leftover Challah

Challah bread puddings, french toast, and sandwiches

Sweet braided challah bread
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There's nothing like tearing into a soft, lofty loaf of warm challah fresh from the oven. But what do you do if you find yourself with lots of leftover challah after Shabbat? Does it start to go stale before you've had a chance to use it up? Do you suffer sandwich ennui by midweek? Add some of these recipes to your repertoire, and you'll find new and delicious ways to use up your challah. By next Shabbat, you'll be craving it again!

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    Challah Strata
    © 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.


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    Zaatar Challah Croutons

    Zaatar Challah Croutons
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Nothing could be easier than tossing challah cubes with olive oil and spices to make your own zaatar challah croutons. If your challah is a little stale, so much the better! Just know that it's so tempting to snack on these straight from the oven that you may need to hide them if they're destined for tonight's salad or soup garnish.  

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    Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pudding with Pecan Butterscotch Sauce
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    Sure, this pumpkin cranberry bread pudding makes a fabulous dairy-free Thanksgiving dessert. But considering that making it is, well, easier than pie (no pastry crust here!), it's a great addition to your fall and winter dessert repertoire.

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    Apple Fennel Challah Stuffing
    © Miri Rotkovitz

    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 -- just use a store-bought or homemade water challah

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    Challah Bread Pudding with Chocolate and Cherries
    © 2014 Miri Rotkovitz

    Chocolate and cherries are a classic pairing; in this dairy-free challah bread pudding with chocolate and cherries, you'll be treated to melting bits of dark chocolate and plumped dried cherries. 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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    Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
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    This decadent dessert melds bananas foster with classic bread pudding. A homemade rum sauce and freshly whipped cream top it all off.

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    Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding
    Elaine Lemm

    This bread and butter pudding recipe, popular in Australia and New Zealand, is the ultimate in comfort food. Challah is baked in a sweet eggy custard studded with white chocolate and raisins.

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    cranberry orange bread pudding
    Diana Rattray

    The fresh, citrusy flavor of oranges infuses both the bread pudding and the orange sauce that's served over it.

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    Grilled Brie & Nutella Sandwich (Dairy)

    Grilled Nutella & Brie Sandwiches
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    The combination may sound unusual, but hazelnuts and Brie cheese make a winning pair. Add a little chocolate to the mix, and you've got one dessert-worthy grilled cheese.

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    French Toast with Berries and Bananas
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    Who doesn't love french toast for breakfast? This simple recipe is made special with a healthful fresh fruit topping served atop thick slices of challah french toast. A drizzle of maple syrup ties everything together.

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    Bread Pudding
    Bread Pudding. © John E. Kelly / Getty Images

    Try making this cream cheese bread pudding with leftover raisin challah. The pudding needs to be refrigerated overnight before baking, so it's an ideal make-ahead brunch dish.