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Chocolate Babka or How to make a Bad Day Better

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helend

Chocolate Babka or How to make a Bad Day Better

Yesterday was not a good day in many ways. Woke up tired and headachy and the pouring rain didn't help. Nothing much to do except paperwork and then England performed abysmally in the ODI.

So ... time to make something new. As usual The Fresh Loaf is the first port of call and a trawl through the "in the news" column once again paid dividends.

This is my version of "Chocolate Babka" a bread I have not heard of before. I left out the nuts (my husband doesn't like them), added a little chopped milk chocolate and could only use 1tbs melted butter for the filling. The streusal toppping seemed odd proportions - for 1tbs butter I needed a lot more flour/sugar to make a "crumble" and have ended up with a bowl left over.

However the rest of the recipe went well and the result pleasingly sweet and moist, cheering us all up with hot tea and a cosy fire in the afternoon.

One to keep!

PS Sorry about the fuzzy image - oops!

 

Comments

dulke's picture
dulke

You've inspired me to try this as well, although I have different motivation - gorgeous weather, but climate at work is dismal - in any event, this looks worth the effort.

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andrew_l

Whatever is ODI ?? And England did badly at it? Curiouser and curiouser !

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helend

ODI is one version of the obscure game of cricket - it stands for One Day International and in this case was England v Pakistan. The only problem in explaining further is that a) whatever I say will be considered inaccurate by fellow cricket enthusiasts and b) you may well lose the will to live.

If you want to know more I recommend http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/hosking/cricket/explanation.htm or the following alternative explanation :)

PS We did worse than badly - we lost!

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andrew_l

I should have known that really - living as I do in Sussex - but cricket is rather a closed book to me!
Sorry, though , that we lost - I know it means a lot to a lot of people!!