If you’re like us, you used to eat challah BGF – before gluten free. And, if you’re like us, you miss it terribly. What’s better than challah french toast? In an effort to help you find the best GF challah, whether for a holiday or just for breakfast, we tried three different brands, and then we took on the task of baking it ourselves. Here’s what we found….
Las Delicias Patisserie, located in NYC, makes a lot more than just GF challah. They make cornbread, multigrain rolls, chocolate rugelach, cookies, peanut butter swirl brownies, pies and more, all GF. Everything is kosher, and much of it is pareve. They are not a dedicated GF facility, but they follow food preparation guidelines that are as safe as we’ve seen, making them absolutely celiac friendly. And, they’re happy to talk to you about it, which makes it even better! We ordered our challah though The Challah Connection, which is located right here in Norwalk, and the next day, we received 2 adorable little challahs. They were indeed small, but they leaned toward the dense side, with no holes, which we loved, and they were packed with authentic challah flavor, bringing back all sorts of great memories! $16.99 + shipping
Everybody Eats is an artisan gluten-free and nut-free bakery located in Brooklyn, NY. They make bread, cinnamon buns, pizza crusts and more. They do not have a storefront, but you can pick up orders at their dedicated GF and nut-free facility, or they’ll ship anywhere in the country. We ordered a dairy-free gluten-free challah and a gluten-free vegan challah. These challahs were big, tasty, and had the most authentic texture of all the challahs we tried. They made beautiful french toast! Everybody Eats prides itself on making great GF bread, and we can see why. Dairy-free egg challah $10.00 + shipping, Vegan challah, $11.00 + shipping.
Gluten-free challah with egg Vegan Gluten-Free challah no egg
Dee’s One Smart Cookie is a dedicated gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, peanut and tree nut-free, non GMO bakery located in Glastonbury, CT. They make just about anything you can think of, including challah. We ordered this raisin challah and almost needed help carrying it to the car. Weighing in at 3lbs, this baby was big! But it was also moist and dense, which we loved. GF raisin challah, $16.00
Gluten-Free Connecticut’s Test Kitchen
We’re not gourmet GF pastry chefs, and we assume that most other people aren’t either. So for our home made challah, we decided to use our traditional family recipe, and just subbed in GF flour. However, we do know that gluten provides important texture and chew for baked goods, so we chose to use award winning GFJules flour to increase our odds of success. We also added in a half cup of vanilla flavored almond milk yogurt, an ingredient that we stole from GFJules’ own challah recipe on her site. We added all of the ingredients, according to the directions, into our trusty old bread machine, and pressed the dough button. After 90 minutes, the dough had risen, but it was very sticky and broke apart easily. Undeterred, we braided it anyway, squishing it together as we went. And, wouldn’t you know it, we ended up making two beautiful GF challahs that were so delicious! They were flatter and a bit more dense than traditional challah, but the flavor was as authentic as the store-bought brands, and, dare we say, even better? See below for our recipe!
Gluten-Free Connecticut’s Gluten-Free Bread Machine Challah Recipe
3/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup oil
2-3 T sugar
2 T honey or agave syrup
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (almond milk or soy milk work too)
1 t. salt
3 cups GF flour
2 1/4 t. bread machine yeast
1 egg beaten
- Add warm water, eggs, oil, sugar, honey, and yogurt to bread machine pan.
- Add in GF flour and salt.
- Dig a small, shallow hole in the flour and add in the yeast.
- Turn the machine to the dough setting, and start.
- Scrape down the sides as the process begins, adding in water or extra flour as needed.
- When the dough is done, put it on a floured surface. Divide it into 2 halves. Take each half and split it into 3 long ropes. Braid each half, pressing the dough together as you go. It gets crumbly!
- Carefully place the challahs on a greased baking sheet.
- Brush the challahs with the beaten egg and place them in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes.
So what did we learn from our challah research? That you can buy delicious gluten-free challah. It’s not cheap, but it’s available, and it tastes pretty darn good. We also learned that if you’re feeling inspired, you can make it yourself with not too much hassle, and with the same great taste.
Do you have a GF bread recipe that you’d like to share? Send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll add it to the site!