Cinnamon Babka

February 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Dessert | 19 Comments
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“Cinnamon takes a back seat to no Bobka. People love cinnamon. It should be on tables at restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime anyone says, “Oh This is so good. What’s in it?” The answer invariably comes back, Cinnamon. Cinnamon. Again and again. Lesser Bobka – I think not.”

I had never heard of a Babka until that Seinfeld aired- The Dinner Party. This is one of my all time favorite episodes…George in his Gore-Tex coat shopping for wine with Kramer, Elaine and Jerry in The Royal Bakery wanting a Chocolate Babka but someone else gets the last one so they get the Cinnamon Babka. Jerry eating the infamous Black and White cookie…so many memorable scenes.

I found a recipe on Epicurious and after a couple of tries, here’s my Cinnamon Babka. I think Jerry and Elaine would be happy.

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Cinnamon Babka (makes 2 loaves)

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped golden raisins

Filling:

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • egg wash
  1. Cream the butter and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth
  2. In a seperate bowl, beat the egg yolks. Mix the yeast in warm water with 1/2 tsp of sugar. After this thickens, add it to the egg yolks along with the vanilla and salt.
  3. Combine the milk with the egg yolks and the creamed butter and sugar.
  4. Begin adding the flour until a soft dough is formed. Mix in nuts and raisins. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  5. Cover the dough and allow it to rise in a warm place, about 2-5 hours.
  6. Spray a bowl with non-stick spray, place the dough in it and allow to rise another 2-3 hours.
  7. For the filling, cream the cinnamon, sugar and butter, then mix in the egg, milk and flour.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12×20 inch rectange. Spread the filling over the dough within 1 inch of the edges. Holding the long side, roll up, cut in half and put each bread in a buttered and floured loaf bread pan. Brush the top with an egg/water wash.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

I am submitting this Cinnamon Babka to MasterBaker’s first event: Cinnamon

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