A few months ago, the first babka recipe I posted on my blog was that of chef Jeffrey Cagnes, which everyone knows now. And since then, I can say that I have become addicted to babkas.
Real obsession of the moment, impossible to resist. The babka is made from a brioche dough and a limitless variety of filling.
But before we talk about the version I’m sharing with you today. First let answer to few questions.
What exactly is “babka”? Where does this brioche come from? And what’s the difference between babka and a kranz cake?
So the Babka is a cake that comes straight from Eastern Europe and more specifically from Poland.
The word babka or bobka means in Polish “old woman” or “grandmother”. In reference to the ripples that would evoke the folds of a skirt, thus designating the shape of the dough.
The “babka” cake is served on Easter Sunday in Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania. And for holidays like Christmas, Easter, New Year and Pentecost in Romania.
According to the original recipe, it has no filling, and it is covered with vanilla or chocolate frosting. Decorated with almonds or candied fruit and sometimes flavored with rum.
But one of the most popular variations of babka is: “the kranz”. A pastry from the Eastern European Jewish tradition. Here the candied fruit is replaced by cinnamon or chocolate and it’s usually garnished with streusel.
The recipe of the day:
A babka made from a soft brioche dough and almond cream with hazelnut praline.
I sprinkled the babka with cinnamon-flavored streusel before baking, as well as a syrup to add once the babka is baked to give it more shine but above all to keep it soft and moist as long as possible. I also filled it with hazelnut-almond praline for more indulgence.
This version is definitely my favorite. I fell in love with this wonder from the first bite.
I recommend it because the result is really worth it. Above all, don’t be impressed with all the steps. You can prepare everything in advance and the assembly will be done on the baking day.
As you can go just with brioche garnished with almond cream.
I have explain all steps with pictures, as always to allow you to make this delicious babka at home easily.