Is cinnamon babka really the ‘lesser babka’?

It’s a stormy rainy day and I’m in the mood for baking! There’s nothing quite like kneading beautiful silken yeast raised dough on a wintery day while wearing your pajamas. I obviously love the simple things in life!! Babka is a wonderful sweet bread filled with swirls of chocolate or cinnamon. It’s similar to brioche…

Hot cross buns (one a penny, two a penny)

Easter is almost upon us and as an avid baker, I could hardly wait to bake up a batch of hot cross buns. The smell of cinnamon through the house always fills me with┬ácontented bliss. Over the last few years, my family has come over to my place on Good Friday for toasted hot cross…

Cinnamon Buns (Bulkas)

The smell of cinnamon always take me back to my childhood. My grandmother liberally used cinnamon in most of her baking, from layered palacsinta (pancake) cake to babke. The smell makes me feel like I’m being lovingly enveloped in my grandmothers arms once again. Cinnamon mixed with lavender perfume, her bright red lipstick and gold…

My father’s Hungarian chocolate kugelhupf

In retirement my father, who unfortunately has now past, turned himself in to a baker. His all time favourite recipe was for a Hungarian chocolate kugelhupf where he could reminisce about his Hungarian childhood and his obsession with chocolate. A kugelhupf is traditionally a Central European sweet bread. In Germany it is filled with mixed…