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karen May 20, 2000 03:29 PM

i'm looking for a recipe for babka like you used to get in jewish bakeries in ny

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    Stefany B. May 20, 2000 11:15 PM

    I don't have a recipe, although I could probably get one by scavenging my cookbook collection or online, but I have had chocolate babka many times recently bought at Dean & Deluca in NYC. I don't know where you're posting from but you could definitely get it there and even possibly by mail. If you're intent upon baking one (I think that its quite a procedure) let me know and I'll research it.

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      Frank Language May 21, 2000 12:31 AM

      Babka is one of those things I'm not sure I'd bother trying to bake, just because in my neighborhood it's so available. The best I've had is Gertel's on Hester Street; it may be just that it was excruciatingly fresh that it stood out for me.(I know there's an Upper East Side location as well.) Moishe's also does a resprectable babka, and for a distant third, the Ninth Street Bakery makes one.

      (I just looked in The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook, and there's no recipe for babka. There is a recipe for povatica, however.)

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        bryan May 23, 2000 07:21 AM

        O.k. I'll bite. What's povatica?

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        cinnamon Jun 16, 2000 05:45 PM

        Why is chocolate better than cinnamon?

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        jen kalb May 21, 2000 09:36 PM

        heres a link to a babka recipe from a reputable website. doesn't look too complicated if you're patient enough to work with a sweet yeast dough. Have fun!

        Link: http://www.betterbaking.com/doub/doub...

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          marion May 22, 2000 11:24 AM

          I'll email you a recipe I got from the food network 3 years ago. It's labor-intensive, and needs to bake a little longer than the recipe states, but is has a very good and old fashioned flavored.

          For a quick-fix, of a real, butter-filled and pricey babka, you can't do better than Jon Vie on 6th ave and 13th st in Manhattan

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            Jim Leff May 22, 2000 12:45 PM

            "Jon Vie on 6th ave and 13th st in Manhattan"

            yellow.com (my near-religiously favorite address/phone look-up site) says it's at 492 E 6th St

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              Dena May 22, 2000 12:59 PM

              Nope, somebody at yellow.com got it wrong. It's definitely at 492 Sixth Avenue, between 12th and 13th Streets.

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                Jim Leff May 22, 2000 01:16 PM

                Yellow.com was wrong. I'm floored. Disconsolate.

                Weird, because they did get the phone right (242-4440)

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                  jen kalb May 22, 2000 01:53 PM

                  maybe they have a wholesale/bakery locaTION? those directories are heavily geared toward commercial users.

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                    Jim Leff May 22, 2000 05:03 PM

                    "those directories are heavily geared toward commercial users"

                    Not yellow.com. I've used it a thousand times. I've confirmed address/phone for all the to-check-out places on my list, and for info on places mentioned on site, etc.. I use it constantly. And this is the first time it's let me down.

                    If anybody wants my homegrown Sherlock plug-ins (it's a Mac thing) for yellow.com, just drop me an email.

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