Top 7 Jewish Baking Cookbooks and Recipe Books

Jewish Baking Cookbooks

There is no one definitive cookbook for Jewish baking. However, there are several popular cookbooks that offer traditional recipes for Passover desserts and other holiday favorites. Many of these cookbooks also include tips and tricks for making the perfect challah or matzah ball soup. 

If you’re looking to try your hand at Jewish baking, check out one of these cookbooks for some delicious inspiration.

Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More

Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More

Jewish baked goods have been a staple of family dinners for decades. In her book, “The Modern Jewish Baker,” Sarna stays true to these traditions, but she puts her own spin on them by using modern ingredients and methods. She makes the ingredients for many kosher breads and pastries, like challah, babka, bagels, hamantaschen, rugelach, pita, and matzah. 

Even amateur bakers will be able to braid gorgeous, shining loaves that would make any bubbe proud with the help of the detailed directions and notes on make-ahead tactics, ideas for repurposing leftovers, and other practical tips provided.

If you enjoy baking and are always on the lookout for new and interesting enriched bread and pastry recipes, this is the book for you.

The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook: 50 Traditional Recipes for Every Occasion

The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook: 50 Traditional Recipes for Every Occasion

The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook is the perfect way to bring the flavor of traditional Jewish baking into your own kitchen. With clear instructions and delicious recipes, you’ll be whipping up challah, rugelach, and more in no time.

There are 50 tried-and-true recipes inside, many of which you may remember your grandmother or mother making, along with detailed directions to ensure your success.

You can find a wide range of sweet and savory recipes, from bagels and bialys to rugelach and kugel, that are ideal for both everyday baking and special occasions.

You will learn the basic techniques, tools, and ingredients for kosher baking, which will give you the confidence you need to start.

Each recipe includes clear and easy-to-follow directions as well as a list of the basic ingredients needed to make the dish. With these recipes, you’ll be able to successfully bake traditional Jewish dishes even if you’ve never tried your hand at baking before.

RISING: The Book of Challah

Rising: The Book of Challah: Recipes for Challah & Life from Rebbetzin Rochie's Kitchen

When it comes to making challah, Rebbetzin Rochie Pinson has spent decades honing her craft and traveling the world to conduct challah courses. She discusses the lessons she’s learned along the way and helps readers step-by-step through the enjoyable process of baking challah bread.

This cookbook features 38 original, tried-and-true challah recipes for every Jewish holiday and challahs from around the globe, recipes for leftover dough and challah, and many more.

This cookbook has over 75 beautiful full-color pictures and 37 steps for braiding that are shown in pictures.

This book is perfect for anyone who loves to bake challah, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. All of the recipes are easy to follow and will yield delicious results that you’ll be proud to share with your friends and family.

Little Book of Jewish Sweets

Little Book of Jewish Sweets: (Jewish Baking Cookbook, Jewish Dessert Recipe Book) (The Little Book)

The Little Book of Jewish Sweets includes recipes for cakes, cookies, and other Jewish sweets.

It provides 25 wonderful recipes for traditional Jewish treats, along with stunning pictures.

There are recipes for things like fig baklava and cinnamon-almond babka, as well as more traditional things like orange-chocolate rugelach and mocha black-and-white cookies.

Whether you’re shopping for a bar mitzvah present, a wedding present, a birthday present, or just something fun to give someone, this cookbook is sure to be a hit.

Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking–Flatbreads, Stuffed Breads, Challahs, Cookies, and the Legendary Chocolate Babka

Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking--Flatbreads, Stuffed Breads, Challahs, Cookies, and the Legendary Chocolate Babka

Scheft’s sweet and savory baking recipes in Breaking Breads draw from his European pastry background, his time spent living in Israel and New York City, and his Scandinavian heritage. 

These dishes include traditional European, Israeli, and Middle Eastern staples. Scheft reinterprets traditional Jewish, Italian, and French breads like challah, babka, and ciabatta, and he introduces his interpretation of Middle Eastern everyday breads like kubaneh and jachnun, illustrating how home bakers can do the same. 

If you’re passionate about Mediterranean baking, then this book is definitely for you. It has a huge number of recipes, from traditional French and Italian breads to Israeli dishes. The instructions are clear and concise, with helpful pictures included when needed.

Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs

Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs

This Jewish baking cookbook tells the story of a woman’s journey to make challah, a traditional Jewish bread, for her family and friends. Each step of the process is explained in great detail, from baking the dough to braiding it into intricate designs.

The book not only tells people how to make challah but also gives them information about its history and culture. Ricanati weaves together personal anecdotes, historical facts, and culinary tips to create a rich tapestry of information that will leave you hungry for more. 

Whether you are looking to learn how to make challah or simply want to be inspired by someone else’s passion for baking, Braided is sure to satisfy.

Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen

Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen

More than a hundred gluten-free recipes from Nosh on This are based on dishes Lisa’s mother used to make and on bakery and store-bought treats Lisa and her family missed. 

This cookbook features a chapter on Baked Savories with recipes for instant classics like Corn Bread Challah Stuffing, a chapter on Out of a Box that explains how to make the most of a cake mix, a thorough introduction to gluten-free flour, as well as color photographs and helpful tips all through.

With Nosh on This, you can enjoy all your favorite baked treats while taking your gluten-free baking to the next level.

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