Babka Bread for Easter (Unforgettable French Toast)
We all have our favorite foods. Some are specifically related to time and place like a brat at the ballpark or homemade family dessert. Others are just so simply good, they can play a role in almost any meal or event.
One of those versatile favorite foods of mine is Babka Bread from Dean & Deluca. I am notorious for finding any excuse to buy a loaf, whether for myself, house guests or as a gift.
This fanciful coffee cake in-a-loaf was brought to the US by Polish immigrants and is traditionally served at Easter.
I first tasted this cinammon heaven as a little sample being handed out during one of my first visits to Dean & Deluca (this place is one of my culinary weaknesses!). I was back in line for another bite immediately! I bought a loaf that day and served it to my family for breakfast while they were in town. THEN I discovered the chocolate babka….oh my heavens! This had all the moistness, dense texture and just-sweet-enough finish of the original cinnamon, but laced with mouthwatering chocolate satisfaction.
Both kinds of babka are truly a treat and can be used in so many ways. One of my favorites, is to make French Toast with either kind. The cinammon serves up a nice, traditionally flavored French toast with an extra level of richness. If you go with the chocolate, be ready for a decadent breakfast that is perfectly complemented by sliced strawberries.
Babka is also delicious simply sliced and served. I like to toast it and add honey butter. If you want to add a luxurious touch to your next bread pudding, this could be the trick. And it freezes very well. Usually, I end up with half a loaf after serving it to company. I just stick it in the freezer until the next house guests arrive and use it for French Toast.
There are other breads similar to Dean & Deluca’s babka. Some are good, others aren’t worth your time.
A local option to try – and a good French Toast candidate – is Strawberry Hill’s povitica bread. This Lenexa company sells online and at market-type venues like the Junior League Holiday Mart. Povitica is a traditional Croatian and Slovenian pastry made from buttery pastry dough rolled into very thin layers. Strawberry Hill has about a dozen flavors but their apple cinnamon loaf is just dreamy and can be a great breakfast option.
Unforgettable French Toast
- 6 slices Babka or Povitica bread (cut 1-2 inches thick)
- 3 Eggs
- 1/3 cup Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1/2 tsp Pumkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar (or 4 drops of liquid stevia)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
Whisk together all ingredients except bread.
Dip slices of bread into egg mixture, coating both sides.
Place into hot buttered skillet and cook 3 minutes on each side or until done.