The Holiday Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer: Giveaway & Babka Bites


The holidays are upon us. So much craziness. I’m thrilled that I get a fresh dinner on the table –  let alone somehow manage to pull off a holiday meal. Each day I come home from work with a new menu idea and a new shopping list. I know I should probably just stick to just one idea, but I’m always inspired by new things I see. My menu tends to change up until the actual holiday day. As long as it’s a holiday I can cook on, I tend to play and go with whatever my mood dictates.  As long as I have some fresh veggies and proteins on hand, I’m good to go.

The only thing I have trouble with though is dessert. I love chocolate and cookies as much as every other person out there, but I’m not always creative about it. 90% of the time, I tend to rely on my trusty cookbooks.


That’s where a book like The Holiday Baker by Paula Shoyer comes in. This cookbook is filled with fabulous treats to bake up in my kitchen. Paula Shoyer makes holiday desserts simple to create. Her recipes are easy to follow and the photos in the cookbook make me want to make and eat everything right away. She even has a fantastic section on must-have tools and tips. Was thrilled to get a copy of the cookbook this holiday season. My daughter has flagged about 10 recipes that I MUST make. Everything with chocolate was at the top of my list.

Paula Shoyer’s recipe for Babka Bites are on my must-make list. Such an amazing treat and the recipe is super easy to follow. I highly recommend you make this now.

Don’t forget to enter this fabulous giveaway for this amazing cookbook!

Shana Tova! Happy New Year. May you have a happy and sweet New Year!

Babka Bites
Recipe from The Holiday Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer Sterling / November 2013
  • ¼ cup (60ml) warm water
  • ½ ounce (2 envelopes; 14g) dry yeast
  • ¼ cup (50g) plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 2 ½ cups (315g) all-purpose flour
  • dash salt
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) margarine, at room temperature for at least 15 minutes
  • ¼ cup (60ml) canola oil
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg white
  • ½ cup (1 stick; 113g) margarine, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes
  • ¼ cup (20g) unsweetened cocoa
  • ¾ cup (150g) sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup (60g) mini chocolate chips
To make the dough:
  1. PLACE WARM WATER, yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and let it sit for 10 minutes, until the mixture bubbles and thickens. Add the ¼ cup (50g) sugar, flour, salt, margarine, oil, egg, and egg white.
  2. Combine with a wooden spoon or a dough hook in a stand mixer until all the ingredients are mixed in. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise 1 ½ hours.
To make the filling:
  1. PLACE THE MARGARINE into a medium or large bowl and beat until creamy. Add the cocoa and sugar and beat until combined. Cover with plastic and let sit at room temperature while the dough is rising.
  2. PREHEAT OVEN to 325°F (160°C). Place mini muffin papers into a 12-cup mini muffin pan. You will need to bake Babka Bites in batches.
To assemble and bake:
  1. AFTER THE DOUGH HAS RISEN, divide it in half. On a large piece of parchment paper sprinkled with a little flour, roll each piece of dough into a 9 x 12-inch (23 x 30-cm) rectangle so that the 12-inch (30-cm) side is facing you. Sprinkle a little flour on the rolling pin if the dough starts to stick to it. Use a silicone spatula to spread half the chocolate filling all the way to the edges. Sprinkle half the chocolate chips all over the chocolate filling and roll up tightly the long way. Cut into ½-inch (1.25-cm)
  2. slices and place one into each of the muffin cups, cut side up. You will have about 24 slices. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  3. BAKE for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store covered at room temperature for up to four days or freeze for up to three months.

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  1. I love making apple bread.

  2. I love making challah!

  3. I’ll be making sugar cookies and pumpkin roll for sure!

  4. Chocolate chip cookies

  5. Probably apple pie – although the babka bites look amazing!

  6. Banana Cake

  7. apple stuffed honey cake

  8. Honey Cake & Apple Cake

  9. Honey cookies

  10. I always make apple cake and honey cake this time of year

  11. I can’t wait to make Apple bundt cake! my fave!

  12. Malkie Gorelik says

    Honey cake and now babka bites. My husband will be in 7th heaven. Thanks!

  13. I love Oreo cake! (Recipe is The Kosher Palette)

  14. A wonderful Apple Cake something different. Also Cheesecake is all season friendly and if I can fit in It’s on the menu!!!! By the way the Babka on the cover is making me drool! I need to make it!!!

  15. honey cookies

  16. I’m going to try the babka bites.

  17. I want to try these babka bites

  18. Love things made with pumpkin – muffins – bread etc–

  19. Babka bites look yum!

  20. My grandmas sugar cookies!

  21. My mothers honey cake! These look delicious too!!

  22. Every year for Thanksgiving I make the dessert, and this year I’m thinking of making pumpkin bars.

  23. Mandel Bread

  24. These babka bites look delicious! I think I will try them for Succos! Today, I still want to make honey cookies. Thanks for the delicious recipes!

  25. The babka bites look great!

  26. Michelle Berg says

    I am trying an apple streusel gallette

  27. Apple cake!

  28. I am making this right now…yum. cant wait to taste it!

  29. Sweet potato bread

  30. mayihavethatrecipe says

    These Babka bites look amazing!

  31. Melissa Siegel says

    I think I may be attempting these. Perfect size for snacking!

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