When it comes to the kosher bakery, there is nothing quite like babka. Babka-a cross between a yeasted bread and coffee cake is typically baked in a loaf shape and is baked in 2 flavors: chocolate and cinnamon. It is rich and delicious with coffee, tea or a glass of milk for afternoon snack, dessert or breakfast.
We can trace babka’s roots to Eastern Europe where it was baked for Shabbat and Jewish Holidays. Now, in the 2000’s, you will find babka in kosher bakeries and Jewish stores throughout Europe, Israel and the US. It is written about, talked about on TV and radio and is loved by both Jews and non-Jews alike.
Curious to understand what makes the babka so adored, we recently asked our customers a few questions about their love of babka and found some interesting information: Chocolate babka is without doubt, more popular than cinnamon babka. Most people love it for the flavor and for many, it’s a reminder of European ancestors.
These quotes tell the story: “Babka, for me, is a fusion of Jewish and Eastern European. If made right it is not too sweet but just right with tea. And of course who can forget the babka that was so prominently featured on an episode of Seinfeld???”
“Babka=Jewish. It symbolizes Bubbee and is a good Jewish staple that most people love. The cinnamon is also good but I find most people really like the chocolate ones.”
Babka is without doubt, the darling of the kosher bakery and makes a heartwarming gift for Jewish holiday, shiva, birthday—any occasion at all!