Pesto babka

Pesto babka

Total: 2 hr 10 Min. | Active: 40 Min.
vegan, lactose-free
Nutritional value / 100 g: 306 kcal
, Fat: 15 g
, Carbohydrate: 32 g
, Protein: 10 g

Babka usually has a sweet filling, however this savoury babka with homemade pesto filling is equally impressive. Babka is very easy to make. Unlike classic braided bread, however, the yeast dough rolls are not braided in the traditional way but rather cut open lengthwise and twisted into a loaf. This is what creates the beautiful pattern.


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Yeast dough

450 g white flour
1 tsp salt
10 g sugar
½ cube yeast (approx. 20 g), crumbled
50 g margarine, melted, left to cool
2 ½ dl soya drink

Pesto filling

120 g basil, roughly chopped
100 g leaf spinach, roughly chopped
100 g sunflower seeds
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 ½ tsp salt
4 tbsp nutritional yeast
5 tbsp olive oil
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One loaf tin (approx. 25 cm), lined with baking paper

How it's done

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Yeast dough

Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a bowl. Add the margarine and soya milk, mix, knead to form a soft, smooth dough. Cover the dough and leave to rise at room temperature for approx. 1½ hrs. until doubled in size.

Pesto filling

In a blender, puree the basil with all the other ingredients until smooth.

To shape

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle (approx. 40 x 25 cm), cover with the pesto filling, roll up from the long edge. Cut the roll in half lengthwise, braid the strands with the cut sides facing up, place in the prepared loaf tin.

To bake

Approx. 40 mins. in the lower half of an oven preheated to 180°C. Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, remove from the tin and leave to cool completely on a rack.

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