Let’s give the ‘lesser babka’ some love! This Brown Sugar Pecan Babka makes for a delicious treat!
It’s babka season! Well, to be fair, all seasons are babka seasons. But our grocery store here in upstate New York is always overrun with babka in the spring…particularly the weeks leading up to Easter.
When we first moved up here, I remember seeing this babka party at the store and thinking Huh? What is this babka thing? Same goes for paczki…another recipe that I need to try out at home as I suspect homemade is way better than the grocery store version.
As I mentioned back when I posted this Chocolate Hazelnut Babka, my first and only experience with babka was from Seinfeld. In one episode, Jerry and Elaine go to purchase a chocolate babka, only to see the last one sold to the lady in front of them in line. They leave with a cinnamon babka, which Elaine calls “the lesser babka.”
Well, it’s time to embrace that lesser babka, my friends! Except instead of cinnamon, I went with a Brown Sugar Pecan Babka. Sure, there’s cinnamon in there. But brown sugar + pecan are the predominant flavors.
If you’re not familiar with babka, then you need to be! Babka is a yeasted bread that is somewhat similar to brioche. And that means babka is perfect for french toast! I enjoy a slice of warm babka right out of the oven, or on Day #2 I’ll top it with butter and give it a run through the toaster oven. And then on the weekends, it’s leftover babka for the french toast win!
Oh, and another unique thing about babka? The dough rises overnight. Yes, that’s right. Overnight. The dough itself gets made the day before, and then it rests in the fridge overnight. Sure, that sounds like a real pain. But then the next day is a cinch as you just need to make the filling and roll/twist/braid that babka into it’s final shape. And then you get to eat warm Brown Sugar Pecan Babka. And lightly-toasted babka. And babka french toast. And babka ham sandwiches. Just kidding. I had to make sure you were still paying attention there! (Although if you want to make a ham sandwich with your Brown Sugar Pecan Babka, then knock yourself out. I won’t judge.)
I hope you had a great week, friends! And just think…wouldn’t this weekend be better with a warm slice of babka? Cheers!