The bagel part is fine, but the huge platter of fish, not so much. I'll usually make a hummus or two to add to the mix, and some kind of dessert. This year, I decided to up my game in the dessert area and finally make a recipe I've literally had saved for 3 years - VeganDad's chocolate cinnamon babka. I mean, you don't get any more Jewish than babka. Why haven't I made this until now, I wondered? Everyone loves a babka! And chocolate and cinnamon combines the best types. Remember when Jerry & Elaine lost the famous chocolate babka?
Then I creamed sugar and Earth Balance (which I didn't really measure; I just spooned it 6 times and figured it was close to 6 tablespoons), added yogurt, vanilla, the yeast, and then the flour. So, the recipe calls for 15 oz. of flour, which is basically 2 cups, right? I had to use nearly 5 cups and it was still sticky. With only 15 oz., it was pretty liquidy. Maybe I did something wrong, we'll see. This is all very dramatic.
Then I kneaded kneaded kneeeeaded, 'cleaned' the mixing bowl, oiled it, and dropped the ball o' dough in there. It says to let it sit, covered, for 2 hours, but I was out for 4. I returned to find it puffing nicely in the bowl.
So, next you roll this up length-wise, as tightly as you can. This is where I not only had trouble but didn't read the instructions properly. I rolled pretty well (it's a lot of dough here), but then you are supposed to cut it in half length-wise. Like, exposing chocolate. I cut it in half width-wise, creating two little stumpy arms. Oh well, it'll taste the same (if you close your eyes*) no matter how you do it.
I strayed from the recipe somewhat, as I am wont to do, so I'll splain what I did. I started by warming up some almond milk and adding the yeast. (The recipe calls for 2T of instant yeast, but I had only the packets that are like 2 1/4 t or something. Whatever...we'll see what happens.) But it didn't get foamy! I was freaking out. Was it because I used almond milk instead of soy, as the directions said? Was it because my milk was unsweetened? Ahhh! Being somewhat yeast-fearing, I threw it out and started again. This time, I used warm water instead. I have only ever testfoamed yeast + water + sugar, so I stuck with what I know, and it properly Hulked out.
Next, I made the filling. You melt chocolate, margarine, and cinnamon together, then spread it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and stick it in the fridge till firm. Once it is firm, roll out your dough into a big rectangle, like 2 feet long, a foot and a 1/2 wide, something like that, then place the chocolate layer right on top, in as many pieces as it takes.
So, because I did it wrong, my roll was short & stout like a teapot. But I kind of preferred it this way. Can you imagine how long it would have been the right way? And this way is more fun to pull apart.
Roll out your dough into a rectangle, about 2' x 1.5'. Place the chocolate layer right on top of the dough, finagling to cover the whole square. Then, tightly roll the dough lengthwise. Then, cut it in half lengthwise - so the chocolate insides are exposed. And then twist the two halves together. Let this twist sit for 1.5 hours on a parchment-covered baking sheet. Then, bake for 25 minutes at 350°.
Yes, I am recommending that you cut it lengthwise, and not stumpily like I did. My outside browned really nicely, but it was still nearly raw inside. So, that's the whole point of the long skinny cut - easier baking. I mean, when my version puffed up into a freaking cube, I knew the inside couldn't be cooked.
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From this post: What was Joey referring to when he said 'Put those hands together'? And what is the source of the lyrics above the stumpy twist picture?