Chocolate Babka cooling before cutting
This challenge has given Anna & I another chance to play in flour together. Our final bake on Friday was the classic NYC favorite (especially if you watch "Seinfeld") CHOCOLATE BABKA...a fitting finale. I actually baked two more loaves on Saturday, one chocolate and the other almond-raisin-walnut. Some of you were the lucky recipients & taste testers of those. Here's the whole Babka back story.
Special dough sprinkled with Belgium chocolate & cinnamon sugar
Yup, the filling was uniformly sprinkled by very experienced hands
Two different sized Babkas, twisted sisters in their loaf pans
Risen Chocolate Babka, topped with streusel & ready to bake
Ah, delicious Chocolate Babka with a river of chocolate running thru it
The other Babka, with almond paste, raisins & walnut filling
NO photos of this baked Babka because it was devoured too quickly
Now it's time for both of us to do something a little different. Anna is about to begin college full-time, in addition to working in St Pete. I've got to downsize my possessions & get my house in Whitfield Estates ready to go on the market. My dog Twinkie continues to do as little as possible, except for being funny & adorable.
Thanks Pat for containing her exuberance!!
Many people have asked how they can order some of the wonderful things we've baked. I can do that by special order -- call me at 941-746-6647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instead of our weekly tastings, I'll now be open during the Village of the Arts' monthly ArtWalk...the first Friday night from 6-9:30pm and the following Saturday from 11-4pm. There will be a variety of baked goods and collectibles available as I downsize my personal holdings.
Come visit the TreeHouse, it's down the driveway path alongside the former BONNI BAKES BAKERY/CAFE. Walk thru the white wrought iron gate next to the green wooden fence, and follow the driveway.
My home, the TreeHouse, will be open to tour during the Village April 6th & 7th GARDEN WALK from 11-4. I'll also be at Geraldson Community Farm's Sunday Markets from 11-3, at the NW Bradenton farm. For info www.geraldsoncommunityfarm.org
For those of you who can't live without embracing (aka devouring) a bag of Chocolate Orgasm Cookies, Breadstix or those cookies I make with oodles of Belgium chocolate...they're available on Sundays at the farm & by special order. I've also canned some interesting jams, based on my incredible Keitt Mango Tree & local Strawberries. Check out my Strawberry Mango Cardamom, Mango Daiquiri, Mango Chutney and Strawberry Earl Grey jams
Here are some pictures of the delicious things we've baked recently:
Poppy Seed Bars
6-Braid Honey Whole Wheat Challah
Mandlebroyt mit almonds
NYC's signature Black & White Cookies
Ratner's Onion Pockets
Mango Pecan Rugelach
Cinnamon Raisin Buns
A bevvy of beautiful delicious homemade jams & chutney
Hugs from my kitchen,
in the Village of the Arts
932 12th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205