A sweet babka for a sweet new year

For more tasty bakes, see my collection of family specialties:

You Can’t Have Dry Coffee: Papa’s Excuse to Have a Nosh And Nana’s Perfect Pastries


A babka is a yeast-dough coffee cake, usually filled with fruit and/or chocolate. My nana made a babka each year for Rosh Hashana, which she made as sweet as possible so that we would enjoy a sweet year. I remember her emptying out jars of jam (usually leftover Passover eingie, or maybe some plum jam), throwing in some extra sugar and cinnamon, plus a handful of nuts and raisins. In her honor, I made one for my family today, and filled it with a jar of tart cherry jam, some chocolate chips, cinnamon-sugar and a handful of slivered almonds. The fun in making this is that you can use whatever filling you like.


If you’d enjoy the recipe, please visit the Apple iTunes store to download my app, iNosh. Here’s the link for that:


I’m donating half of the proceeds to Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger

And here’s a preview of some of the content on the app. For now, it’s only available for iPad users.

iNosh info

2 thoughts on “A sweet babka for a sweet new year

  1. Oy! My bloodsugar is skyrocketing just reading this!

    Strong coffee splashed with 1/2&1/2 would be a nice complement. My idea of a perfect breakfast.

    שנה טובה ומתוקה

  2. Ha! Rand, that’s funny! It’s not as sweet tasting as you might expect, though, since the dough isn’t too sweet. But yes, it goes perfectly with some strong coffee, which will make a nice 10:00 coffee break for me.
    Shana Tova to you too!

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