Babka Piaskowa (aka cake)
So we recently went to see our lovely friends Agnes & Filip, we always have a good time when we head over, not only because they’re lovely people but mainly because Filip is a wiz on the BBQ and Agnes loves homemade sweet treats.
I was more than happy then, when on arrival we were presented with a marbled chocolate Babka Piaskowa (literally translates as Sand Goby – not sure if something has been lost in translation) – after double servings and a doggy bag (we really have no shame) I made Agnes divulge her recipe and have been assured it is extremely easy to make, so lets see…
- 250g unsalted butter
- 350g caster sugar
- 5 eggs
- 300g sifted flour
- 200g strong flour
- 1/2 glass of milk
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 tbsp cocoa
1. Mix the butter & sugar until nice and fluffy
2. Add the egss, one at a time mixing well
3. Mix both flours with the baking powder and gradually add to the batter. Mix well.
4. Once the batter has thickened add the milk and mix well
5. Take a few spoons of the batter to another bowl and add the cocoa
6. Coat a cake pan with butter and dust with flour
7. Pour the white batter into the cake pan (traditionally it should be round with a whole in the centre)
8. On the top spoon the cocoa batter.
9. Bake in a preheated over at 180c for approx. 55 minutes
10. Leave to cool and dust with icing sugar to serve
Your cake should look something like this…
I have to say that really was extremely easy to make and just so we can all be a bit more cultured here’s a bit about the Babka (as taken from Wikipedia so if anything’s not factually correct please don’t blame me). Babka, also known as baba is similar to brioche, originating from Eastern Europe it was traditionally baked for Easter Sunday, however I think i’ll just make it whenever I can!