Monday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. One of the lovely traditions associated with this holiday is eating apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year. We also eat challah (a buttery, eggy-rich bread) that is usually made in the shape of a braid but for Rosh Hashanah it is shaped in a circle, a nod to the circle of life and the cycle of a new year. A few years ago for Martha Stewart Living, I took both of those traditions and combined them into something delicious: apple and honey challah. It is now a must have at our Rosh Hashanah dinner celebration and if there are leftovers, a special challah French toast breakfast the next morning!
Eating challah is also a special tradition at Jewish weddings. A large one is usually made so everyone attending can taste a piece. Sure, plain challah is good but why not have an apple and honey challah. What is sweeter than a wedding!