I suppose to be on bed rest but it’s not that easy when you’re pregnant and when you crave so many different homemade goods. Last week, for example I had homemade chocolate milk pudding for dinner. Four times. What means that for four days I didn’t eat anything else for dinner just my pudding. Oh wait… I did have something else. A few slices of fresh strawberry and a banana on top of my pudding 😉 That counts, right?!
I want to share that recipe here on my blog, but every time I make it there is almost no time between when it’s made and when it’s in our bellies.
Last Saturday when it was raining and dark outside I finally decide to make Babka. Finally, because that cake was stuck in my head for a long time. “Babka” is Polish name for a sweet yeast cake but actually it can be made without the yeast and then it resembles pound cake. That’s how my mom and my sister used to make it – without the yeast. It’s not very babka-like but many people do that and call that cake babka and when they use the original recipe with yeast then they call it “yeast babka”.
My mom wasn’t a baker and she even didn’t tried to become one. Whenever she baked something (and it happened really rare), she would always make something VERY easy and fast to fix. Babka and a simple chocolate cake were our most often eaten desserts (and pudding or kisiel, of course). She almost never made a glaze. It was too much work with something that she actually didn’t enjoy – baking. Instead of glaze she would spread a homemade jam (raspberry or black currants) on top of each slice of those cakes and that was it. Just like you would do with open-faced sandwich. It actually was pretty delicious.
These days those simple dishes are my comfort food and whenever I feel under the weather I always come back to it.
Following my family steps I made my babka without the yeast. Although, I do want to try to make it the original way someday. But not when I am on bed rest 😉
This cake is really moist and not sweet at all, at least not too sweet like you would think after reading the recipe.
I do not have the right pan for baking babka but I used 9inch loaf pan and it worked great.
Ingredients for cake:
1/2 cup white chocolate cut into really small pieces (or white chocolate baking chips),
5 1/2 Tbsp. butter, softened and cut into small pieces,
8 tsp. sugar,
1 tsp. baking powder,
1 tsp. baking soda, (if you don’t have it, don’t worry, this cake will be fine without it)
3 eggs, yolks separated from whites,
1/3 cup all-purpose flour,
1 cup ground almonds, blanched
2 tsp. orange zest,
Ingredients for glaze:
3/4 cup milk chocolate, cut into pieces (milk chocolate chips will do), or if you want to make white chocolate glaze use white chocolate (or chocolate chips),
1/3 cup whipped cream,
1 tsp. fresh squeezed orange juice (or orange liquor),
1 tsp. orange zest.
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Into a glass bowl put chocolate and butter. Put that bowl over a pot with small amount of boiling water. Stirr until ingredients melt together. Now you can take it off the heat and add egg yolk, but still over the double bath. Add one yolk at a time stirring really fast. Add sugar and mix well.
Remove the bowl from the pot and add sieved flour with baking soda, baking powder and ground almonds. Stirr with a spoon.
Beat the egg whites until stiff and add to the almond-chocolate batter. Mix well with a spoon. Add orange zest.
Transfer the batter to a greased pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes. After about 40 minutes you can check with a toothpick if it’s done.
Cool on cooling wrack.
While the cake is baking prepare the glaze:
Again, over double bath melt together chocolate and whipped cream. At the end add orange juice and orange zest.
Wait until cake and the glaze are cool then spread the glaze over the cake.
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