Babka in Seattle
Babka is my favorite Polish pastry! I am very partial to Andrew Meltzer's babka, but since he left the Columbia City Bakery I have made due without.
As told to me by Meltzer. Babka originated in Poland. Traditionally baked in a mold that resembled a woman's skirt, babka means grandmother. It is a yeast cake-- somewhere between bread and cake-- swirled with cinnamon, sugar, and finely crushed walnuts. Entirely delightful. Mmm. Meltzer's looks nothing like this, but the link demonstrates the skirt idea and possible variations-- raisins and rum. http://www.polana.com/product/360/17
Babkashop is bizarre in that there are no photos of the babka that you'll receive. I'd pay ten dollars for a good babka, but I'd want to taste it before handing over my money-- or at least see what it looks like.
I think I'll just have to give Andrew a call.
At 10 bucks a pop, I won't be ordering one soon. I'm from the east coast where they're cheap and fabulous - and my grandmother used to make her own. This shop isn't really a shop - looks like you can only order online and they deliver it to your home - how bizarre.
If you try - do tell.