I get a craving for Babka every Sunday. Our neighborhood bakery sells loaves of babka on Sundays for over $11, which I’m really not ready to shell out. Since I had the afternoon free, I figured I will try baking my own. I found the recipe on a the purple foodie: http://purplefoodie.com/chocolate-cinnamon-babka/
The recipe was surprisingly much easier than I expected as well!

(This recipe made two loaves of bread)
Ingredients:

Bread:
2 tbsp
3/4 cup lukewarm milk + 3 tbsp milk
6 tbsp butter
6 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 egg yolks
3 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt

Filling:
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4th cup butter

1. Put the butter out in of the fridge, until it softens in room temperature.
2. Heat the milk in the microwave for 40 seconds. Mix the yeast and let rest for at least 5 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth.
4. Add the egg yolks one by one, mixing about 30 seconds between yolks.
5. Add the vanilla, and keep mixing until fluffy.
6. Add the flour and salt. Mix until everything is well incorporated. The mix should still be very dry.


7. Mix in the yeast and milk mixture and mix/knead. My dough still turned out dry, so adding approximately 3 tbsp of additional milk helped.
8. Knead the dough for another 2-3 minutes. When the dough can be formed into a ball, the dough is ready.


9. Cover the bowl with saran wrap, and let it rise for 2 hours. I found it best to keep it somewhere sunny in the house.
10. For the filling, mix the butter, chocolate, and cinnamon. Heat it in a saucepan with low heat, stirring constantly so that the chocolate does not burn. The filling is done when the butter is melted.
11.  Once the dough has risen to twice the size, knead the dough for a few seconds. On a flour surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness.
12. Spread the chocolate mixture evenly over the rolled out dough.


13. Roll the dough and pinch all the seams so that the chocolate filling does not ooze out.


14. Roll the log so that it’s about 24 inches long. Cut the log in the middle and pinch the seam.
15. In order to create the twist, cut the log lengthwise, but keep the top end attached. Twist the two pieces together, and pinch the end together.


16. Cover the doughs with plastic wrap and let sit for another 2 hours.
17. Heat the oven to 350°F and bake the bread 15-20 minutes.
18. Let the bread cool, since the chocolate gets very hot, but enjoy!

Happy Sunday!

Now Listening to: Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac

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Swedish Brownies

May 2, 2011

A friend of mine brought us delicious almond cake the other day, which reminded me of this recipe. So not to confuse anyone, a Swedish brownie does not have any chocolate in it, but it has the dense cake-y consistency of a brownie. These are delicious almond goodness!

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp almond extract
Chopped/slivered Almonds (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350F
2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs
3. Add the oil, flour, sugar and almond extract, and mix until all the clumps of flour are gone.
4. Pour the mix in a well-greased 9x9in pan.
5. Sprinkle the chopped almond on top for garnish.
6. Bake the brownies for 25-30 minutes.

Yum!

Now Listening to: Turning Tables- Adele

Brigadeiros

February 13, 2011

To celebrate Valentine’s day, I wanted to make some chocolates for myself. I usually make truffles, but I wanted to change things up this year. When I was small, I loved it when one of my friend’s mother will make Brigadeiros for special occasions. This is the recipe that my mother got from her mother. Brigadeiros are a traditional treat from Brazil.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp margarine/butter
1 can  (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp powdered chocolate
Chocolate confetti
Small cupcake foil

 

 

 

 

1. Mix the condensed milk, chocolate powder, and butter in a small saucepan and stir over low heat. Keep stirring.

2. Heat mixture up until the mixture thickens until the you can see the bottom of the pan while stirring. This should be about 10 minutes.

3. Pour mixture to a well greased surface or container. Wait until the mixture cools to room temperature.

4. Grease hands with vegetable oil, and roll the chocolates into small spheres. Cover the chocolate with chocolate confetti, and keep the chocolates in the small cupcake foil.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Now Listening to: Já Sei Narmorar- Tribalistas

Maple Granola

April 12, 2010

This recipe is adapted from a recipe on Martha Stewart Living in Feb 2009. I’ve always made homemade granola bars, but this is the best recipe I’ve ever had! I find it delicious with my yogurt and fruits. For the recipe, I prefer to use almonds compared to other nuts, but that’s up to your preference. Also for the fruits, I try to use a mixture of all three different dried fruits. Hope you all enjoy!

Recipe:

(Makes 7 cups)

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried sweetened coconut chips
1 cups pecans, walnuts or almonds, chopped
1/2 cup dried banana chips, chopped
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup raisins, craisins or golden raisins, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 300°.
2. Mix together oats, coconut, nuts, banana chips, syrup, oil, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a 9×13” pan.


3. Spread the granola in an even layer.
4. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, for 40 minutes.
5. Add the raisins, and bake for 10 minutes more.
6. Let cool

Now Listening to: Souverian- Andrew Bird

Bird’s Nest Treats

April 5, 2010

Happy Easter everyone! I got to travel to the Berkshires to spend time with my friend D this weekend. Along with making beautiful dyed eggs, their family tradition was to make very fun bird’s nest treats. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, it’s a perfect spring snack as the jelly beans look like colorful eggs nestled in the cornflake nests.

So here’s the recipe: (makes approx 15 nests)

2 cups corn flakes (3 cups corn flakes crushed)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
Food Coloring
3 tbsp Sugar
3 tbsp Butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
Jelly Beans

1. Make colored coconut by putting the coconuts in a jar and adding 1-2 drops of food coloring. (We made three different colors – yellow, green, and purple)
2. Boil the butter, sugar, and corn syrup together. Once it boils, let it boil for 5 minutes. Make sure to stir constantly.
3. In a big bowl, mix the crushed corn flakes and coconut. Add the corn syrup and butter mixture and mix quickly.

The mixture should look like this:

4. As the mixture starts to set, use a spoon to scoop up a portion, and set on wax paper. Using the back of the spoon, make a indent in the middle of the “nest” to put the jelly beans in. (We resorted in using our hands- it was easier, if you don’t mind getting sticky)

5. Place 3 jelly beans in the middle of the nest as “eggs”

Have fun!

If you want to know how to dye eggs like these, leave a comment 🙂

Now listening to: Green and Gray – Nickel Creek

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