Sourdough Surprises - January

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Awesome work on the cookies you guys, you pulled out all the stops and came up with some fantastic and creative cookies!

This month we are going to pull out all the stops and  have prepared a really special treat for you. And we are totally going to ignore the fact that everyone is supposed to be on a diet this month and instead force you into eating lots of butter and chocolate. This month is kind of a double challenge - we want you to use your starters to make a sourdough brioche, and we want you to use your brioche dough to make a babka!

What is a babka, you ask? It is a sweet, swirly, enriched bread with roots in Eastern Europe, though many different cultures have their own versions.  Part breakfast-y, part dessert-y, the babka can be the perfect anytime loaf.  The two traditional flavors are chocolate and cinnamon, but don't let that limit your creativity here!

We didn't find a recipe for an actual sourdough babka, but we know that you can make one. Here are several recipes for sourdough brioche (look here, here, and here ), and here are some awesome instructions on how to make a babka (look here, here and here).

Want to join in on the fun? Awesome! All you have to do is make a babka that includes your sourdough starter, and then post your lovely creation on January 20. Include this HTML code on your own blog so that everyone can see all the awesome babkas that were made:
<script type="text/javascript" src="" ></script> 
(If you can't add the linky tool your blog, that is ok, but please remember to enter your link so we can see what you have made!)

Don't have a blog but still want to bake along with us? No problem! The more the merrier!! Simply bake your babka and then send an e-mail to with a picture (or two!) of your delicious creations. Include your name and what you made and we'll make sure you are included in our post. 

If you need some more inspiration, please check out our Pinterest board, which is chock-full of good stuff for you to look at!

And don't forget to e-mail a picture to us so that we can add it to our slideshow! We can't wait to see all the delicious babka you create!


Sara said...

Sounds fun! I will have to do some thinking--I'm not too proficient yet in taking a regular recipe to a sourdough recipe but I'm sure a little internet research will get me there. Thanks for the link as well!

mue'sphoenix said...

this is truly gonna be a fun ride ! :) Happy to be Here...

Sourdoug Surprises said...

Sara, we did provide a few sourdough brioche recipes already, so you only have to follow the recipe for the sourdough brioche dough, then turn over to the babka recipes we provided and take it from there.

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