Gluten Free Chocolate and
Cinnamon Babka Bread.
If I were to tell you that Babka had anything to do with my families Christmas traditions I would be lying. But, what I can tell you, is that my mother is an inspiring woman. She's beyond creative and every year Christmas breakfast was (and is) always something to look forward to. Be it popovers, cinnamon rolls, fancy omelets or whatever else she dreams up, matched with the perfectly decorated table. This year, I will be bringing a loaf (or 3) of this absolutely delicious Babka bread.
2 years ago as I flipped through a mail order food magazine I saw for the first time this gorgeous loaf of bread with layers and layers of chocolate twisted throughout. This was about the time that I also went gluten free. I noticed early on that a recipe for gluten free babka just really did not exist anywhere on the big old web. I know I wasn't able to produce an edible loaf of gluten free bread (let alone anything else) at that time. So, I spent the past 2 years honing my skills. Iris Higgins and I have been working like maniacs on our two gluten free baking guides due to release in March. Through that process I was able to finally master the bread I knew was always possible. I played with one of our book recipes to create this. And pulling this soft, perfectly textured loaf of bread out of the oven yesterday was all I could have asked for Christmas. Watching my husbands reaction when he tried his first piece was enough to almost bring a tear or two of happiness. Isn't that what the holidays are all about?
Wether you celebrate Christmas or not, the holidays are about sharing food that you feel proud of and enjoying it with the ones you love. I hope that this recipe brings some smiles to your festivities. For my Grain Free Friends- today I have neglected you. Though I hope my Grain/Starch Free Cinnamon Rolls give you a nice christmas morning option too!
This recipe will yeild the very best results if you pull out your kitchen scale. Using Superfine Rice flour is essential. Bob's rice flour is grainy, heavy and does not soak up nearly as much liquid. Using it will not work in this recipe. If you are unable to source superfine rice flour locally, head to an asian grocery store. The majority of them carry rice flour. The flour at these stores is ground incredibly fine. It works as the perfect sub for superfine rice flour! (and its a heck of a lot cheaper too). Using Bob's Garbanzo flour will work great. I would also like to suggest that you check out Dakota Praries Garbanzo flour- its my favorite! Their Rice Flour, like asian rice flour is also milled really finely and could be used in the place of superfine rice flour.