I'm in a baking mood at the moment. It can probably be put down to the cooler weather creeping in. Even though I'm pretty flat out with work (what's new?) I'm really loving the few moments I can steal away to have a slice of babka, spiced banana bread or even a bagel with a hot cup of tea on the couch with the kitties. The kitties are also feeling the cold because when they are napping, the puff themselves up to keep warm..my heart melts every single time! They look like little chubby furry puddings <3 I've since allocated some knitted blankets for them to curl up under at night because there's nothing better than being a snug little bug in a rug!
..Sorry you can totally tell me I'm a proud kitty mama! Apologies to all the dog lovers out there who read this.
Alright so babka! I made this a couple of times and god it was just so crap. I really disliked the chocolate centre when made traditionally. I might have been doing it wrong but the powdered cacao and coconut sugar kept falling out everywhere (I mean everywhere) when I was trying to roll and braid it. I caved in and thought, well if it's not be traditional, it'll have to be delicious. I had a cup of homemade nutella (I use I Quit Sugar's recipe but I roast my hazelnuts - it's silky and beautiful) in the fridge and quickly spread it on and shoved the loaf in the oven only moments before becoming fed up with the whole process. To give you an idea of how frustrated I was getting, the local birds had babka for morning tea at least 3 times last week.
When it was time to take the loaf out of the oven, I immediately noticed a difference and cut it while it was still hot to see the middle. The nutella had worked perfectly! So swirly and chocolately. Yassssssss.
- 90ml lukewarm milk
- 1 tbs lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 125g butter, melted
- 300g white spelt flour
- 3/4 tsp dried yeast
- big pinch salt
- 50g rapadura sugar
- 1 cup homemade nutella (see link in post)
This recipe was inspired by 'New York Cult Recipes' and chatting with an avid-babka maker.