Babka is delicious. But all that dough being rolled, and filling being sprinkled everywhere also creates a big mess. We have a solution.
I’m addicted to baking babka. There is nothing as satisfying as baking a yeast dough…then add some cocoa and sugar for a chocolaty, chocolaty filling and bam! It’s addictive.
But there’s a problem for those who don’t want to make babka but have no problem baking challah: the mess of cocoa and sugar is what usually deters them. They aren’t scared of yeast; they don’t worry that their dough won’t grow.
And even though the chocolaty mess does not scare me away from baking babka, I did want a faster and cleaner way to get it done.
So let’s start.
Line your island, counter, or tabletop with plastic wrap. Kirkland is definitely our favorite.
Have someone else help you ensure the plastic wrap is tight, snug, and stuck to the counter.
Sprinkle some flour on the plastic wrap and start rolling out your dough.
Roll out all the babka doughs you’ll be preparing at the same time so that you can work efficiently.
Move onto the next step, spreading the oil on the dough.
Spread out the cocoa/ sugar mixture on each dough. There’s no need to make one babka, clean the counter, make another, clean it again, etc.
Start rolling them up.
All 4 are ready at the same time.
Place into pan. We used these wooden loaf ones as mentioned here.
The beauty of the babka roll.
Now’s the fun part, the easy cleanup! Just roll up all the plastic wrap…
All clean and ready to go into the oven. Suggestion: Add the egg wash and crumbs before you roll up the plastic wrap.
Here is my babka recipe from Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking.
Tova Fried says
Love the efficiency of this and no mess is ????????
This is genius! Wish I had a big enough counter to do them all at once!
Leah Schapira says
Roll it out on your kitchen table!
Smart! Can I come use your Island?? ????????????
What works amazing too, and I think is even easier, is using the cheapest (because thinner is better) brand of disposable plastic tablecloths. What you do is make your countertop damp with a wet paper towel and cover it with a plastic tablecloth. It will not budge because it sticks to your wet countertop. Then when your done with the mess, just roll it up and toss it.
Love this idea! I have ready dough in the freezer but figured I’ll skip baking it this week b/c of the wash up, but you may have just changed my mind!
Also, can you share where you bought those paper liners u used in the pan?
Leah Schapira says
They come together with the wooden crates. See this post where we discuss it.
Can you share your recipe, please? Thank you
Luv this idea! I put it straight to use and it was such a pleasure! Thank u!!
Edna Oneal says
Wow. It’s wonderful. It’s a good idea. I love this. Thanks for sharing.
Chanie Levy says
A great idea about the saran… But an even easier, but just as clean option… Spritz a bit of water or swipe a wet paper towel over the counter then lay a disposable clear plastic Tablecloth pulling it taught (gets rid of wrinkles)… The water makes it stick, no gaps between layers of saran… In fact I put my mixer underneath, rip a hole for the only moving part, (Bosch) lay my bowl over the plastic, centered on the hole… Bake away! Keeps mixer clean at the same time.
That is genius! The link to your babka recipe doesn’t work. I’d love to try it!
I use disposable tablecloths all the time. Actually cut a 54 in ha,f is the perfect width and length of my counter.
Peel the vegetables for soup on it. Challlas. And of course shabbos when I serve!!!!