Gluten-Free Challah Sources and Recipes

How To Make Challah and Where to Buy It

Challah is the traditional egg bread eaten by Jews on the Sabbath and holidays. With a soft crust on the outside, on the inside, it’s fluffy and soft, sweet and chewy. There’s no other bread like it, and it's heartbreaking to give it up just because you're gluten-free.​

Fortunately, some of the best chefs in the gluten-free community have developed recipes for gluten-free challah. In addition, there are a few places where you can purchase gluten-free challah. Here are the various options:

Katz gluten-free challah
Katz gluten-free challah. © Katz Gluten-Free

Katz Gluten Free operates a state-of-the-art facility that is gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free. Their products are certified Kosher and are under the stringent supervision of the OU and Rabbi Y. Gruber. They have retail locations in numerous states, or you can order online. The company offers a wide variety of different challah breads, including some with oats (for those who can handle oats) and some without.

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This New York baker sells ready-made gluten-free challah. According to the bakery, the challah is “almost indistinguishable from the traditionally rich, sweet challah for Sabbath and holidays. And the best thing ever for French toast." You can order the challah online, pick it up at the bakery's Brooklyn location, or buy it at one of the numerous stores along the East Coast. Everybody Eats is a 100% dedicated gluten-free and nut-free facility that uses dairy.

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This Oakland, Calif.-based bakery makes traditional egg-based challah in plain and sesame seed varieties using a gluten-free flour blend made of organic brown rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch and organic amaranth flour. Order online or buy locally.

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Raves about this recipe from a gluten-free Kosher recipe site: “Is this the perfect gluten-free challah, that Jewish celiac equivalent of a holy grail which tastes just like what you remember from your childhood? No, it's not perfect -- it's a work in progress. But is it delicious? Oh yes, it most certainly is.” It uses corn starch, tapioca starch, brown rice flour and white rice flour.

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This chef writes: “The first time I had to sing the hamotzi over a rice cracker while everyone else ripped apart the bread, I cried.” The recipe includes tapioca flour, sorghum flour, brown rice flour and white rice flour.

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Well-known gluten-free chef Jules Shepard says this challah crown isn't actually all that difficult to make...and it's delicious, too. This recipe, which can be made with milk or dairy-free, gets great reviews.

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This challah recipe uses Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix. Note that the recipe calls for milk and butter, which makes it inappropriate for observant Jews.

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