Cranberry Orange Babka Recipe
What makes a babka a babka? I know that a babka is an enriched dough, but what really makes it a babka instead of just a loaf of tasty bread? Stuff like this bugs me, so I had to look it up. Let’s head to the source: Wikipedia.
What is a Babka?
Evidently, there are two types of babkas. Both are named after “grandmother” but one is made in a bundt type of pan, often with pleats to represents Grandmother’s skirt. The babka I’m talking about today contains a dough that is doubled, then twisted & rises again in a loaf pan. The twisted, loaf pan babkas often contain fruit or chocolate. If you’re Really Into chocolate, check out my first babka here.
Let’s Bake with Cranberries
Now, I know a lot of people only use cranberries between November 20th & December 20th, but that’s not me. I am Really Into Cranberries! A few years ago, I began to pick cranberries. Let me tell you, it’s not for the weak. Mostly, cranberry fields are flooded & this makes it (MUCH) easier to harvest the tiny red berries. I learned all about cranberries at the Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, Washington. We also enjoyed a super tasty scoop of cranberry ice cream at the museum.
Did you know the US has a cranberry surplus? I think cranberries are so underutilized & I just don’t get it. I think they are so tasty & can be enjoyed in so many different ways. Also, cranberries have so many health benefits for your gut, your urinary tract & your heart. These little guys are abundant, tasty & powerful. Seriously, what are we going to do with all these cranberries?
Cranberry & Orange
I love the flavor of cranberry & orange. When we make cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, I throw plenty of orange juice & orange zest into the mixture.
King Arthur’s Cranberry Orange Babka starts with an enriched dough. Then, the best part is slathering on the cranberry sauce. Yum! Look at all that sweet tartness!
Babkas are pretty simple, but take your time with the rolling & cutting. You will roll this dough up into a wide little roll. Then, you’ll seal the ends & take a sharp knife & cut slits to expose the filling. Quickly & gently, you will braid or twist the dough to create the “pleating” effect of the bread. Then, it’s time to rise!
Heck, yes! I am Really Into This Cranberry Orange Babka Recipe! She’s certainly a beauty at the holidays, but would you ever turn this babka down? The sweeter enriched dough pairs perfectly with the tangy orange flavored cranberry sauce. This bread is buttery, creamy & so enjoyable!
I want to know; how do you use cranberries?