Right now I’m going from task to task; the overall game plan of “Holy Week” plus “Springtime Planting” finds itself conditioned by the exigencies of “new babies” and “toddlers” and “snow/rain” — punctuated by a 90° day that just reminds you that the world will turn as it has from the beginning.
The King Arthur Flour site brought up Babka as their April challenge (such a cute idea, a monthly baking challenge!), and Rosie and I looked at each other with the “this-must-be-done” look.
I won’t go through my steps, just because I think those afore-mentioned resources do an admirable job of walking you through the process.
My notes are simply that I made one with nuts and one without (to accommodate those who can’t eat them), and used the scraps from cutting off the ends and edges to make that round thing, which was partly chocolatey and partly not, so I sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
I will say that it takes longer to read about this recipe and muster the courage to use all that butter and chocolate than it does to execute.
(I did wrap them carefully and put them deep in the freezer. I hope that the advice that they freeze well will be true!)
If you make them, I’d love to see! I’ll post on Instagram too. KAF has you use the tag #bakealong; tag me too! @leilamarielawler
We wish you a holy Triduum and a blessed Easter! We will check in with you on the other side with updates on the happenings here!