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Babka is originally from Eastern Europe, although its exact origins are unknown. Whether itís a Polish or Russian dessert, it has definitely spread its way through the world and has become a rather well known and popular treat. Babka is often also referred to as a Jewish dessert, stating that Jewish housewives used leftover challah and braided it together with jam, nuts and seeds.

A babka is typically made from a doubled and twisted length of sweet yeast dough and is typically baked in a high loaf pan. Instead of a fruit filling the dough contains cinnamon and/or chocolate. The babka is usually topped with streusel.

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