But, I live to prove exception is the norm. So, I made Deb's Babka.
It took me a little more than a week of thought--> execution to make two beautiful babka loaves. Here is a retrospective of the week with reference to this Babka.
On Monday, after an exceptionally long day (and weekend) at work, I thought about this recipe, realised butter that is supposed to be at room temperature is still in the freezer and decided execution would have to wait another day.
On Tuesday, I read up the recipe and realised a stand mixer comes into play. I don't have one. So I combed through comments to find out if anyone had documented their trials and tribulations mixing the dough by hand- and I found Vera's detailed instructions. That was as far as I got.
On Wednesday I got cold feet because the recipe required the dough to rise in the fridge, but I wanted it right now and I did NOTHING. Actually, I take that back, I told K about my dilemma and there is something about talking about what you'd like you to do, that makes you do it.
So finally, on Thursday I used my arm muscles to get the dough ready. It took about 30 minutes to get my dough and clean-up and put things back. I also had to google how to get eggs to room temperature in a hurry as I had forgotten about the eggs completely.
On Friday, I finished the recipe after fretting over how to roll a babka, how to braid it and how to create room in my freezer to ensure I can chill it for 15 minutes before braiding the babka since it wasn't cold enough for me to leave it in the garage for 15 minutes.
I am happy to report, the end result is fabulous.
Under normal circumstances, one would stop talking about the process here, but in the interest of full disclosure and just so I don't forget about the cleanup time required on day 2, I would like to document all the stuff that needed cleaning after baking the babka.
- One mug where yeast was proofed
- One mixing bowl where the yeast dough rose
- One microwave safe mixing bowl where the chocolate sauce was made
- Kitchen island counter cleaned twice (before and after for rolling the dough and shaping the bread)
- Cookie sheet which was floured but could not be used in the freezer as it was too big for the freezer
- A large plate used to chill the dough
- Pastry cutter used to segment the dough
- Spatula and spoon used to spread the chocolate sauce
- A bread pan and a baking dish where the two babka loaves were baked
- A saucepan and spoon to make syrup and glaze the babkas
- Two measuring cups
- Two chopping boards where butter and chocolate were chopped on two different days