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What is chocolate bobka?

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Bobka, also known as babka, or simply baba is some kind of a sweet yeast cake.  So chocolate bobka is a cake with chocolate.

According to wikipedia, there are two versions of chocolate bobka, East European version and Jewish version.

East European version is a spongy yeast cake that is traditionally baked  for use on Easter Sunday in Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Western Russia. Traditional bobka has some fruit filling, especially raisins, and is glazed with a fruit-flavored icing. Modern bobka may have chocolate or a cheese filling.

Jewish version is part of the Eastern European Jewish tradition. This bobka is made, according to wikipedia from a doubled and twisted length of yeast dough and is typically baked in a high loaf of pan.  This bobka differs from the East European version in that it contains cinnamon or chocolate and is often topped with streusel.

The Jewish version of chocolate bobka or cinnamon bobka has become popular in North American cities including Montreal, New York, Miami and Toronto where large Jewish population reside.


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