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Recipe: Chocolate Babka

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Chocolate Babka

This is a wonderful dessert that my husband once requested I make after seeing a certain Seinfeld episode. This will make 16 slices.

Ingredients:

Dough:
1 tsp Sugar
2 1/4 tsp Yeast (1 package)
3/4 c Milk, warm
6 Tbs Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Egg Yolk
1 2/3 c Flour, all-purpose
1 1/4 c Bread Flour
5 Tbs Butter, softened
Vegetable Oil

Filling:
1/2 c Sugar
3 Tbs Cocoa
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
4 oz. Semisweet Chocolate, finely chopped

Streusel Topping:
2 Tbs Powdered Sugar
1 Tbs Flour, all-purpose
1 Tbs Butter, softened

Instructions:

Dough:
In a large bowl, dissolve 1 tsp sugar and yeast in milk. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 6 Tbs  sugar, vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and egg yolk. Add 1 1/3 c all-purpose flour and bread flour to milk mixture. Stir with a danish dough whisk, or wooden spoon, until well blended. Add 5 Tbs butter, stir until well blended. Scrape dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 min). While kneading, add about 1/3 c all-purpose flour a little at a time, to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Place the dough in a large bowl coated with vegetable oil, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. Punch dough down then cover and let dough rest 5 more min. Line the bottom of a 9 x 5 pan with parchment paper. Coat the sides of pan with vegetable oil.

Filling:
Combine 1/2 c sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate in a medium bowl and set aside.

Assembly:
Place dough on a floured surface. Roll dough out into a 16″ square. Sprinkle filling, leaving a 1/4″ border around edges. Roll up dough tightly, jelly-roll fashion and pinch seam and ends to seal. Holding dough by ends, twist dough 4 times. Fit dough into pan. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 350°.

Topping:
To prepare streusel, combine powdered sugar, 1 Tbs and 1 Tbs softened butter, stirring with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle streusel evenly over dough.

Bake for 40 minutes. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool bread completely on wire rack before slicing.

Recipe: Roasted Paprika Potatoes

Roasted Paprika Potatoes

Roasted Paprika Potatoes

In this version I used small white round potatoes. For a more dramatic effect of color, use small red round (new) potatoes.

Ingredients:

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1 lb. Red or White Small Round Potatoes, quartered
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 tsp Dried Minced Onion
¼ tsp Dried Minced Garlic (2 cloves)
1/8 tsp Paprika

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 325º. Place potatoes in a medium size bowl. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Pour the mix over the potatoes and stir well to coat. Pour the potatoes and residual mixture into a small 1 qt. casserole dish. Potatoes should be in a single layer. Adjust your casserole dish size to suite the amount of potatoes you have. Bake at 325º for 45 minutes. Stir the potatoes to ensure even roasting, then bake an additional 10-20 minutes when they should be tender and browned on the edges.