I am so excited! I became a Savta (Hebrew for Grandma) a little less that a month ago. My grandson is the cutest and cleverest child that has ever been put on this earth. He is completely yummy. If his parents let me, I would share a picture so you could enjoy him for yourself, but alas, they are keeping his gorgeousness off the internet. That’s probably the right thing to do.
This Friday my grandson will have his Pidyon haBen (redemption of the first-born son) at my house. I feel very honored that my kids are doing it here. It’s really something special. I can’t remember the last Pidyon I was at. It may have been my 21-year-old nephew’s. Since the Pidyon is done when the baby is a month old, that’s a long time ago.
I’ve started cooking already. I’m not alone – a lot of people that are coming are bringing food too. It will be a mixture of vegan and non-vegan fare. Here is my list (so far) of things that I’m making:
- Israeli Salad
- Quinoa Salad
- Summer Salad
- Mac and Cheese
- Cake pops
- Oatmeal cookies
- Blueberry muffins
- Pancakes (if I have a bit of extra time in the morning)
I’m probably missing something here, but I think it’s a pretty good start.
Since I’m making quite a bit of stuff (very happily, I might add) I needed to start cooking and freezing some of the food. I started with the Babka. Honestly, it’s the perfect thing to make if you’re a grandma. After all, Babka does mean Grandmother in Polish.
- Prep Time: 2h 20 min
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
I use aquafava that I have left over from making hummus. Since aquafava came on the scene, I've been using it in a bunch of different recipes and have been very happy with it. If you don't have, try switching it out with apple sauce.
- yeast - 2 teaspoons
- water - 1/4 cup, warm
- sugar - 1 teaspoon
- soy milk - 1/4 cup
- margarine - 90 grams
- aquafava - 1/3 cup
- salt - 1/2 teaspoon
- flour - 2 1/4 cups
- margarine - 100 grams
- sugar - 3/4 cup
- chocolate chips - 1 cup
- cocoa powder - 5 tablespoons
- pecans - 1/2 cup, toasted
- sugar - 1/2 cup
- water - 1/2 cup
- agave syrup - 1 tablespoon
- Activate the yeast in a bowl with the warm water and sugar
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a dough hook until all the flour is incorporated
- Let sit 2 hours to rise
- Roll dough out to a rectangle
- Melt all the ingredients together and let cool a bit
- Spread filling out over the dough
- Roll up the dough so that it makes a long tube
- Slice the tube in half and braid the two halves, one over the other
- Place in a pan lined with baking paper
- Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
- Place all in ingredients in a sauce pan and cook until sugar is melted
- Pour over baked Babka
For me, it’s counter-intuitive to have to cut the dough open and braid it with the filling sticking out. I would have never though to do it on my own. It gives such a pretty effect. I guess now that I’m a Savta, I’m going to have to start learning more things like this.