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As Valentine’s Day approaches, my thoughts turn to chocolate (of course). Chocolate babka would be a great treat for a romantic dinner. Selecting the best chocolate babka for the celebration is easier now, since I recently attended a chocolate-babka marathon tasting — a chocolate babkathon.
It’s rare that I walk into the Forward offices and don’t see animated faces and hear lively conversation. But on Wednesday morning, after a long, stressful night of watching and covering the election returns, the Forward staff was quiet; editors and writers sat bleary eyed and pale before computer screens, or moved slowly to and from the coffee machine in the pantry, zombie-like.
Over smoked fish and coffee at Russ & Daughters Café on a recent morning, I asked Uri Scheft to tell me his favorite bread. “The last one that came out of the oven,” he said, without missing a beat. He was teasing, of course — but those words might as well be his professional mantra.
It is hard to think of something more fitting to serve for Mother’s Day than babka. Named after the bubbes who baked them in Eastern Europe (babka translates to “grandmother’s loaf”), the brioche-tender, bread-cake hybrid, which comes swirled with chocolate or cinnamon, is the edible equivalent of maternal affection.