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sedgeyen Jun 1, 2007 04:02 PM

Has anyone tried the new Babka shop in Seattle (babkashop.com)? Interesting website. Any information would be welcome.

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    garifw RE: sedgeyen Jun 1, 2007 07:52 PM

    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.

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      mrnelso RE: garifw Jun 1, 2007 09:04 PM

      OK, come clean.
      What is babka?

    2. sophie. RE: sedgeyen Jun 2, 2007 12:23 AM

      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.

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