The thrill of babka, which is a specialty of Jewish bakeries, is its ambiguity: cake or bread? Bad babkas are extreme in one direction or the other: too bready or too much like cake. It’s a very tricky pastry, all too often dry or drippy, ridiculously chocolaty or not chocolaty enough, oversweet or underweight. The ultimate babka teeters in perfect balance.

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Exterior of Perly's at dusk ... Jewish delil reborn
Perly’s | Jewish Deli Reborn | Richmond, VA



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