Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka

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Ingredients

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For the Dough
½ cup Water
1⅛ tsp (½ packet) Active dry yeast
2½ cups All-purpose flour
2 tbsp Sugar
½ tsp fine Sea salt
3 tbsp Vegetable oil
1 Large eggs
For the Filling
⅓ cup Apricot preserves
5 ounces herbed Goat Cheese crumbled
For the Topping
2 tbsp Apricot preserves
2 tbsp raw Almonds sliced

Nutritional information

152
Calories
10g
Fat
9g
Carbohydrate
6g
Protein
83mg
Cholesterol
295mg
Sodium
Ingredients
  • For the Dough

  • For the Filling

  • For the Topping

Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka

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This Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka is by no means a simple recipe but I do promise that all the hours invested into this incredible Jewish delicacy will be worth it! Originating in Eastern Europe this twisted, bread-like, sweet treat comes with different fillings from chocolate to cinnamon to fruit jellies. This recipe is filled with herbed goat cheese and apricot preserves to elevate this traditional cake loaf.

To make Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka

So, how to make Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka?

Steps to make Herbed Goat Cheese and Apricot Babka

1
Done
10

Prepare yeast

In a large bowl, or a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, stir water and yeast to combine. Set to stand for about 5-10 minutes until foamy.

2
Done
1

Combine dry ingredients

In another large bowl, whisk all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt until combined.

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Done
3

Add to bubbling yeast

Add dry ingredients to the bowl of bubbling yeast and beat on medium speed.

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Done
1

Add oil

Add oil and continue beating until combined.

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Done
2

Add egg

Add egg and continue beating until dough begins to come together.

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Done
5

Knead

If kneading with electric dough hook, knead for 5 minutes until dough is smooth. If not, roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface and using your hands, knead for 5-10 minutes.

7
Done
1h 30m

Rise

Transfer to a greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and set aside for 1-1½ hours to rise until double in volume.

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Done
1

Prepare baking pan

Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

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2

Portion dough

Once risen, punch down into the dough to release excess air. Divide in half and shape each half into a rectangle.

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Done
10

Fill babka

On a lightly floured surface, roll one rectangle into a 9x15x¼-inch. Spread half the apricot preserves, leaving a 1-inch border along one edge and sprinkle half the goat cheese, evenly, over the top. Starting on the edge without a border, roll the dough up, tightly. Pinch the ends to seal and set aside. Repeat with remaining dough.

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Done
2

Prepare babka

Set the rolls side-by-side, sealed-side down and starting in the middle, twist the rolls together around each other, all the way to both ends. Transfer and compress to fit in the prepared loaf pan.

12
Done
2h

Second rise

Cover the loaf pan with a kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place for 1½ - 2 hours to rise and mostly fill the pan.

13
Done
5

Preheat oven

Preheat the oven to 350 °F.

14
Done
45

Bake

Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes before rotating for an even cook for a further 15-20 minutes until babka is golden and firm. (Total bake 40-45 minutes).

15
Done
1

Add topping

Remove from heat and brush with 2 tablespoons of apricot preserves. Sprinkle almond slices over.

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Done
5

Second bake

Return to oven and bake for a further 5 minutes to toast almonds.

17
Done

Serve

Cool on a wire rack before serving!

This Herbed Goat Cheese with Apricot Babka is an elevated version of my grandmother’s sweet cinnamon and sugar bake. Try it and you won’t be disappointed. Are you brave enough to give this one a try? Let us know because we love hearing which recipes you enjoy! Tag #cookmerecipes in your own pictures and posts online.

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