Cute f/f relationships + Making Cranberry / Strawberry / Cream Cheese Babka

June 28, 2017

Hello, lovelies!

So I recently read a wonderful book titled "Knit One, Girl Two" and I really, really, enjoyed it! Not enough people have heard of it so I wanted to show some love and feature it today. I'm hoping that you'll maybe go check it out so we can uncontrollably grin about its cuteness together!

Since the main characters (and the author!) are Jewish I really wanted to make some kind of Jewish food. 
... being me I obviously went to pinterest and chose the best looking food xD

As you can probably tell from the title, I ended up making Babka! But not just any babka. I made a Cranberry, strawberry, cream cheese babka! I know it sounds like a lot but it's actually DELICIOUS. 

If you're asking, "Faith. What is this babka you speak of?" Then let me give you a little background on what babka is. Babka is described as a "sweet yeast cake" aka sweet bread. I believe that it has Christian origins but this specific variation of babka is Jewish. 

Now that you have a little bit of background info on ~le babka~ let's get to baking!

I'm using a recipe created by Little Figgy Food. (I wish I was talented enough to create my own recipes but alas... xD)

First off, this recipe takes 5 hours to make; I know I KnOW that's a long time but the food is worth it I PROMISE. (To be fair, most of that time is spent waiting for the dough to rise.)

I'm not going to break down every step for you lovely humans since Stacey from LFF already has done that. BUT I am going to be showing you where (and how) I tweaked the recipe. 
This recipe was created in partnership with Celestial Seasonings during the holiday season which poses a problem. Why? The tea used in the recipe is only available during the holiday season. I think you can order it online but GURL I don't have time for that.  

When it asks for:

You can instead use:

Sleepytime Vanilla teabags from Celestial Seasonings
& Pomegranate flavored white tea teabags from True Goodness

I chose vanilla since the original tea contains a vanilla flavoring and I chose pomegranate since both cranberry and pomegranate have a sourness to them. 

When it asks for:

You can instead use:

True Goodness whole strawberries 

The strawberries nicely compliment the other flavors in the babka. However, they may change the consistency of the jam-like filling. Once the bread is baked, though, it won't be noticeable.

...and those are the tweaks I made! I couldn't find the original ingredients at my local Meijers so I had to get a little creative (which is always fun!)

I'm not a pro baker but I think this turned out pretty well! The recipe is easy to follow and I think that anyone can make this! I probably should have chopped the walnuts up but YOU LiVE aND YoU LeArN. 
(The link to the recipe is highlighted in purple above!)

I'd love to know if I influenced you to try out the recipe (or if I got you to read Knit One, Girl Two!)

You can find Knit One, Girl Two by: Shira Glassman on Amazon here!

Thank you for reading and have a fabulous day!

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  1. Looks delicious! I love how you got so inspired by a book that it led to baking. I love to bake so I think I should pull ideas from books more often!


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