Babka is a sweet, twisted, yeast-dough bread with Eastern European roots. Typically served as a dessert and the perfect accompaniment to coffee, babka has transcended its humble roots and become a trendy staple in gourmet bakeries around the world. Classic babka is either chocolate or cinnamon-filled but can be made using any filling you can imagine, savoury or sweet.
In this class, participants will learn to make the yeasted dough essential to babka recipe, and then the shaping, folding and glazing techniques that give the babka its signature marbled swirls and gleaming finish. Working from a basic chocolate base, we will explore several ingredients to customize your perfect babka. There will be fresh-baked chocolate babka to share in class, and each participant goes home with their own whole unbaked babka to bake at home.
Alissa Kondogiannis loved eating challahs and babkas her whole life, but it was only after travelling that she really got on the path of making her own breads from scratch. Her aim is to introduce everyone to the joys of making bread, and show that people don’t have to be intimidated by yeasted doughs. She has been teaching babka classes for a number of years in Thornhill, where she has a small catering business of her own that you can follow @barnstarkitchen
NOTE: This is our first series of post-lockdown, in-person, indoor events, and will be open to those who are double vaxxed. I am asking for participants to please submit via email and/or print out and bring their vaccination receipts – these are very easy to obtain online and are a prerequisite for attending. I understand that there may be some people who have been unable to get vaccinated for various legitimate reasons, but I would respectfully ask those people to please wait until we are in the clear before participating in this kind of group activity.
In the event of a change in the local status of the COVID situation, we reserve the right to cancel this class at any time, in which case all participants will receive a full refund.