Yesterday my mom was reading me all the crossed-off items on her to-do list. (What, you guys don’t do this? Sometimes you need a pat on the back just for getting through the day, especially when that day includes stampeding crowds at Toys-R-Us, tantrums at the grocery store, and that moment at the post office when you realize the address you need is on the slip of paper you left at home. Gotta love this relaxing season.)
She read her list: “Go to the post office, give the dog a bath, buy pajamas for grandkids, finish sewing Christmas projects, make treats for coworkers, and shave your legs.”
You know that your life has gotten too busy when standard grooming procedures make it on your to-do list. At least it didn’t say “blink” or “breathe” anywhere on there.
Although I’m one to talk. Pretty much any day that I’m organized enough to make a to-do list the first item says “take a shower, you dirty animal.” I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes it still doesn’t happen. And that’s when I count my many blessings: dry shampoo and deodorant top the list.
How many pictures of this bread do I have to show you before you will admit that you are gnawing on your computer?
Everyone I gave this bread to thought I was calling it “Chocolate Vodka.” I don’t know if that’s a real thing, I’m seriously glad I’ve never tried it.
The babka, on the other hand, is probably the best thing since…well, since sliced bread. We are talking an incredibly tender fall-apart butter-bread with a crusty outer layer and swirls of dark chocolate layered throughout. It’s almost like eating one of those chocolate filled croissants, except it’s even better because it’s warm.
I’m not going to lie, this recipe takes some doing. It’s not hard, but it’s not fast. Both rising steps take at least an hour and a half. Make this on a lazy day at home, when you have your Christmas tunes turned up high and you’re avoiding the crowds by ordering everything online. You can either make this in 2 regular loaf pans or in several mini loaf pans. The mini ones would make great neighbor gifts, and provide a lovely respite from all the cookies. (Not that I’m hating on cookies.) Happy weekend everyone!
P.S. There are some how-to shots below.