Babka, one of the more underrated sweet, baked treats is finally getting the recognition it deserves thanks to ex-Miznon chef, Avi Azoulay.
For those not familiar, Babka is a dense, braided cake that hails from Poland’s Jewish community. Azoulay is making them Israeli-style and selling them via his Instagram account, Babka Boi.
In between the braids of this hefty cake is a generous slathering of house-made chocolate paste and Nutella. You’ll also find plenty of hazelnut and choc-chips to sweeten the deal.
Azoulay’s signature Babka quickly shot to fame in Melbourne’s hospo scene following several notable food-bloggers resharing his baked, chocolatey masterpieces. And since then, he’s been selling out every week.
From scratch, Babka takes several days to make. There’s fermenting at the beginning of the whole process, which is followed by the delicate act of braiding. And with that in mind, Azoulay makes only around 15 per week.
With stage 4 restrictions in place, Azoulay has hit pause for a moment to streamline the process. Keep an eye on the Babka Boi Instagram for news on when you can next order your babka.
See what other chefs, restaurants and cafes are up to during lockdown at our Food & Drink section.
Image credit: Babka Boi