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Recipe: Chocolate Babka


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.


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

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


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.

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

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°.

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: Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

After visiting our favorite produce stand on Sunday and coming away with some beautiful and large zucchini, it was time to make the season’s first loaf.


1 ½ c Flour
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Baking Powder
¼ tsp Nutmeg
1 Egg
½ c Sugar
1 c Shredded Zucchini
¼ c Vegetable Oil
Butter or Oil


Preheat oven to 350º. Butter or oil the bottom of a 8” x 4” loaf pan and up the sides ½”. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Mix to distribute the ingredients. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, beat the egg. Add in the sugar and stir well to combine. Then add in the zucchini and vegetable oil. Mix well. Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just enough to be completely moistened. Transfer the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

Zucchini Bread Cut

Recipe: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes


4 Medium Sweet Potatoes
4 Tbs Butter, softened
4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Ground Cloves


Wash sweet potatoes. Pat dry and wrap in foil. Bake at 425° for 1 hour (or until done). While the sweet potatoes are cooking, mix butter, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a large bowl. Slit the sweet potato and carefully scoop out the flesh (keep the skins) into the bowl with the cream cheese mixture. Mix sweet potato flesh with the cream cheese mixture until incorporated and smooth. Carefully put the mixture back into the sweet potato skins. Bake at 375° on a baking sheet for 15 minutes.

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If you like my twice baked sweet potatoes, you’ll love my other recipes!

Recipe: Homemade Applesauce


Homemade Applesauce

I don’t often use my crock pot for dinners. What I do use it for is applesauce! Little man loves applesauce and so do my husband and I. So grab a bunch of apples, your crock pot, and join in!


16 Apples
1 c Water
1-2 Tbs Lemon Juice (helps keep it fresh)
Cinnamon to taste (I love cinnamon)


Peel all your apples and slice them around the core. No need to use apple corers. Lay all your apples in the crock pot. Mix your lemon juice into the water and pour over the top of your apples. Sprinkle cinnamon over your apples (or don’t if you want it really plain). Cook on low all day (8-10 hours) or on high for about 4 hours. If you want to get a little more creative, dash a small amount (1/8 tsp) of ground cloves on top too! Once your applesauce is done cooking, use an immersion blender to whirl everything together and make a great consistency. You can also mash it up with what you have on hand if you are short an immersion blender.

If you like my homemade applesauce, you’ll love my other recipes!