Raisin Stuffed Challah Bread

Raisin Stuffed Challah Bread

"A raisin stuffed version of a Challah Bread that I make for my niece Lainey. The raisin filling is piped into each braid, allowing the raisins to remain moist during the baking process."


Size: 8"L x 4"W x 3"H | # Loaves that can be made from 5 lbs flour: 12 loaves | Production Time: Approximately 7 hours | % of California Raisin Product to dry flour weight: 57%
INGREDIENTS American oz Metric g/mL Baker's % American oz Metric g/mL Baker's g/mL American oz Metric g/mL Baker's %
Bread Flour 33.62 oz 953 g 42.02% 46.39 oz 1315 g 57.98% 80.00 oz 2268 g 100.00%
Milk 21.83 oz 619 mL 27.29% 14.57 oz 413 mL 18.21% 36.40 oz 1032 mL 45.50%
Yeast (Instant) 0.20 oz 6 g 0.27% 0.46 oz 13 g 0.57% 1.95 oz 19 g 0.84%
Kosher Flake Salt 0.67 oz 19 g 0.84% 0.92 oz 26 g 1.15% 1.65 oz 45 g 1.98%
Egg 9.59 oz 272 g 12.00% 9.59 oz 272 g 12.00%
Sugar 9.59 oz 272 g 12.00% 9.59 oz 272 g 12.00%
Butter 7.20 oz 204 g 9.00% 7.20 oz 204 g 9.00%
California Golden Raisins 27.20 oz 771 g 34.00%
California Natural Raisins 15.20 oz 431 g 19.00%
Currants 3.75 oz 91 g 4.01%
Dates 2.40 oz 68 g 3.00%
Granny Smith Apples 8.00 oz 227 g 10.00%
Granulated Sugar 1.41 oz 40 g 1.76%
Orange Juice 9.20 oz 261 mL 11.50%
Lemon Juice 1.60 oz 45 mL 1.98%
Lemon Zest 0.13 oz 2 g 0.09%
Vanilla Extract 0.40 oz 11 mL 0.49%
Cinnamon 0.35 oz 10 g 0.44%
Ginger 0.21 oz 6 g 0.26%
Butter 0.60 oz 17 g 0.75%
TOTALS 2 lbs, 8.32 oz 1597 g 70.42% 5 lbs, 8.72 oz 2515 g 181.33% 13 lbs, 8.83 oz 6092 g 268.60%



Pre-Ferment Add flour, salt, yeast and water to mixer.
Mixing Time Mix on Speed 1 for 2 minutes, and then Speed 2 for 2 minutes, or until mixture comes together.
Dough Temp Ideal final dough temperature is 78oF
Fermentation Time Allow to sit at room temperature for at least one hour covered and then refrigerate overnight.
Fermentation Temp 40oF (Refrigerator)
Mixing Time Approximately 12 minutes, excluding 15 minutes autolyse rest period.
Mixing Speed Speed 1 for 5 minutes, autolyse for 15 minutes covered, then speed 2 for 4 minutes, and then speed 2 for 3 minutes or until mixture is completely incorporated without exceeding a final dough temperature of 78oF
Dough Temp Ideal dough temperature of 78oF
Fermentation Time 60 to 70 minutes, folding dough after the first 30 minutes
Fermentation Temp 82oF at 75% humidity
Dividing Weight 4 oz pieces of dough
Resting Time No Rest
Make Up Shape dough into rectangles approximately 12″ long x 2″ wide, pipe the raisin-apple filling along the top length of the dough rectangle, wrap dough over filling making sure to seal edges, braid and egg wash.
Proofing Time Approximately 70 minutes
Proofing Temp 82oF
Proofing Humidity 75% Humidity
Type of Oven Rotating Rack Oven
Baking Temp 350oF initial oven temperature, then drop to 325oF
Steam if Needed 6-8 seconds
Finished Product Weight Approximately 16 oz including filling
Additional Notes

  1. After final proof, remove braided dough from proofer, egg wash, sprinkle with pearl sugar and allow egg wash to dry for approximately 10 minutes prior to placing in oven.
  2. Using piping tip 807 for raisin-apple filling.
FillingPeel, core and slice Granny Smith apples. In the bottom of a large pot, heat butter and sauté apples until soft. Soak raisins, dates and currants in orange juice for one hour prior to adding to heated apples. After adding raisins to the apple mixture, add sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and spices and cook until entire mixture is soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and cool in a shallow pan and refrigerate. Place cooled raisin-apple mixture in food processor and puree until mixture has reached a smooth paste consistency. Fill piping bag and refrigerate until needed.

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