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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.

Kitchen Tip: Rings and Dough

This tip is mainly for the ladies out there. I know that we don’t all take off our rings when working with dough. It either feels weird or we forget or we don’t want do loose them. So, what do you do when you get dough stuck in the cracks? If you’ve had your wedding band and engagement band welded together like I did, you have that tiny crack that runs all around. I also have a ring with swirls in it. Not much can fit into these areas. I know one person who said they try to clean the dough out of their ring with a knife. Please don’t do this! Gold is a soft metal and you could easily damage it with a knife.

wpid-20130128_103735.jpg wpid-20130128_103809.jpgInstead, grab your dental floss (we all have that in the house) or a length of sewing thread (fewer of us have this on hand these days). Use this to “floss” your rings. For my swirled ring, I thread it through each swirl section and saw it back and forth to get everything out of the tiny little holes. I’ve used pink thread in the pictures so it would show up better. wpid-20130128_105308-1-1.jpgwpid-20130128_105538-1.jpgI have no idea when I have ever actually used this pink thread for anything sewing, but it works great in this application. So, when you make the pastry crust for my Turkey Pot Pie, you’ll know what to do with the dough in your rings.

Recipe: Homemade Pizza

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Homemade Pizza

I made this delicious pizza for dinner tonight. I make it all from scratch and it’s pretty easy. You can make so many varieties of this based on what you have on hand. This particular version included mozzarella slices, Parmesan cheese, Canadian bacon, salami, and sopressata.

The Dough:

1 1/4 C Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/4 All Purpose Flour (plus more for dusting and as needed)
2 1/4 tsp (1 package) Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
1 C Warm Water
2 Tbs Olive Oil
Cornmeal (for dusting the baking sheet)

The Sauce:

Tomato Sauce
Oregano
Basil
Garlic Powder
Red Pepper Flakes

The Toppings:

Motzerella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Canadian Bacon
Salami
Sopressata

The Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt. Stir to combine. Then add water and oil. Use a danish dough whisk to mix well. Add in all purpose flour and incorporate as much as possible.
  3. Take dough and place on a floured surface. Knead the dough and add up to 1/2 C more flour if needed. Knead dough for at least 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half. Cover the dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. While the dough is resting, prepare the sauce. In a medium sized bowl, mix together tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Once the dough has rested, roll out into two pizza crusts. Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal. Place pizza crusts onto baking sheet. Prick each crust all over with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Take crusts out of the oven and add your sauce and toppings. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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