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VALENTINE’S DAY COOKING CLASS: Chocolate Babka with Alissa Kondogiannis

February 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

- $79.00

This class takes place at the West End Phoenix Clubhouse | 3 Bartlett Ave

What could be more romantic, more aphrodisiac than the feel of soft, supple dough under your fingertips, the heady smell of melting chocolate, the spicy perfume of cinnamon, the warm, moist steam escaping from a freshly baked bread as you ravenously tear it open with your bare hands? Join us this Valentine’s Day for a fun, hands-on class making sinfully decadent, sensually delightful fresh chocolate babka.

NOTE: This is NOT a couples event – anyone and everyone is welcome to come and make delicious babka with us next week!

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.

$79 +HST

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 runs a small catering business, Barnstar Kitchen.

The Depanneur is a place where Interesting Food Things Happen. For more than a decade The Dep has been showcasing Toronto’s remarkable culinary diversity through thousands of unique food events as well as the forthcoming Depanneur Cookbook, featuring 100 recipes from 100 cooks (dropping March 2024). After more than 10 years at its iconic College Street location, The Dep is now bringing all new Interesting Food Things to exciting venues all across the GTA.
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February 14
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Depanneur
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West End Phoenix
3 Bartlett Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1M3 Canada
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