Sourdough Chocolate Babka

My searches for “ideal” babka recipes got accelerated when I embarked on my sourdough journey. I baked it many times experimenting with some techniques which resulted in different types of crumbs. The base of my recipe was challah bread from the book “Classic Sourdoughs” by Ed Wood and Jean Wood. I experimented with the amount of sugar, butter, and flour mix and now I am ready to share the result. There are three variants of filling, choose the one which appeals you the most or create your own.

Ingredients
200  gr active starter
50 gr honey
150 gr warm milk
100 gr soft unsalted butter
100 gr brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
400 gr white flour
100 gr whole wheat flour
Filling I
8 -10 tbsp of nutella
20 gr pistachio helva
Filling II
100 gr soft butter
50 gr cocoa
50 gr brown sugar
50 gr walnuts
Filling III
Toblerone bar or any chocolate you like broken into pieces
1 beaten egg for brushing the bread

Preparation:
Before preparing the dough make sure that all of your ingredients are room temperature.
Pour milk and honey in a bowl and mix well. Add sugar, then stir in the eggs. Add the starter to the bowl and mix well. Start adding the flour a cup at a time until the dough is too stiff to mix by hand. Turn out onto a floured board and knead in the remaining flour until the dough is smooth and satiny. (the amount of flour might differ as the flours might absorb liquids differently, add flour gradually! and see what amount fits your dough better) Cover the bowl with a towel and leave it for two hours. Mix the butter with the salt and incorporate it into the dough one spoon at a time.
Proof the dough at room temperature (mine gets ready around 5 or 6 hours) until the dough doubles in size. Place the dough on the floured surface and with the help of hands pull it in the shape of rectangle. (You can divide the dough into two and get two small babkas or have one huge one)
Place the filling over the dough and roll it. Cut it into two pieces and twist them as in the picture. Place babkas in the bread tins Cover with a towel and leave it to rise (it takes around 2 hours when the temperature is more than 21C ). Brush with a beaten egg and sprinkle some brown sugar over it. Bake in the preheated oven 375F (190C) around 45 mins or until it is ready depends on your oven.

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San Francisco Hakkında Bilmeniz Gereken 15 Gerçek
  1. San Francisco 50 tepe üzerine kurulmuştur. Biraz egzersiz için ne de güzel bir yer.
  2. Bay Area’da her yıl yüzlerce deprem meydana geliyor ancak bunların çok azı hissedilir şiddette oluyor.
  3. San Francisco Amerika’nın en sisli bölgesi, bu yüzden yazın bile yanınızda ceket taşımanız şart, güneş battıktan sonra dondurucu bir soğuk çöküyor şehre.
  4. San Francisco, ünlü Golden Gate köprüsü ile turistlerin gözde mekanlarından birisi olmasının yanında sokaklarında yaşayan sayısız evsiz insanın da favori şehri.
  5. Giysilerimde bir türlü uyumu yakalayamıyorum diyenlerdenseniz dert etmenize hiç gerek yok, birkaç dakikalık yürüyüşten sonra aklınızın alamayacağı şekilde uyumsuz giyinmiş biriyle karşılaşmanız işten bile değil.
  6. San Francisco 11 km uzunluğunda ve 11 km genişliğinde bir toprak üzerine kurulmuş, o yüzden yürümeyi sevenler için bir günde şehrin kayda değer bir kısmını ziyaret etmek zor değil.
  7. Belirleyemediğiniz bir yerden gelen güçlü bir kokuya maruz kalırsanız bunun marihuana olma ihtimal çok yüksek. Kullanımı yasal olduğu için kokudan kaçmak oldukça zor. (Bir de Berkeley’i görün)
  8. En tehlikeli sokaklarından biri Turk Sokağı. Neden bu isim verildiğine dair hiçbir fikrim yok ama gündüz bile yürümek insana ürperti vermeye yetiyor.
  9. San Francisco “talih kurabiyelerinin” ana vatanı.
  10. Francis Ford Coppola Baba üçlemesinin senaryosunun büyük bir kısmını San Francisco’daki Trieste Café’de yazmış.
  11. Kamusal alanda çıplaklık Şubat 2013’e kadar yasalmış, Cadılar Bayramı gibi bazı günlerde bir parça şahit olunabilir.
  12. Evinizin dışında halı temizlemek kesinlikle yasak. Şöyle sokakta pat pat halı temizlemenin bir cazibesi yok değil ama cezasının da büyük olacağına eminim.
  13. San Francisco’da 3500 farklı restoran var. Bunların içinde 6 tanesinin 3 Michelin yıldızı, 7 tanesinin 2 ve 41 tanesinin 1 yıldızı var. Yemek bloggerları San Francisco’yu gezi listenize eklemeyi unutmayın.
  14. San Francisco Çin dışında en fazla sayıda Çinli nüfusuna sahip şehir.
  15. San Francisco Dünya’nın en çok ziyaret edilen 50 şehrinden biri. 2014 yılında şehri ziyaret eden 18 milyon turist yerel işletmelere 10 milyar dolar bıraktı.

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Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of Social Media Distractions

The more I think about the time we are living the crazier İt feels. I am a bridge who connects the generation of black and white televisions with several channels ( I clearly remember one my greatgrandmother had)  and at the same time I am the one who is holding iphone with the applications which allow  me showing my mom the place which is thousands of kilometers away from her.  We are living in the age of immense possibilities where the technologies dominate our life more and more. Such an advance of technology  has provoked the ability to multifunction,  when at the same time we can answer the phone,  check an email,  listen to the music and probably trying to do some other things. Lots of us would claim that being multifunctional is great and it allows to finish lots of work. To the surprise of those defenders, the results of scientists show that dealing with many tasks at the same time create much stress and the results of the work can have a lower quality. (Remember how it feels using a phone while driving)  Daily our brain performs endless functions, generates thousands of thoughts and process information which is pouring from all the corners.  Can you imagine what can happen to our mental health if we continue exploiting our brain like that? As we train our body there is a practice for training our brain, which is gaining popularity more and more and is called Mindfulness. So let’s decipher this term together. Mindfulness is the quality of awareness that comes from paying attention to yourself, others and the world around you in a certain way. Jon Kabat-Zinn speaks of it as the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally.  Lovingkindness, savouring, gratitude, self-appreciation are four pillars of mindfulness. The pillars which can enrich your life, help slow down in the hectic rhythm of big cities, develop gratefulness and self-appreciation and hopefully find the balance.

So why did I need it and what benefit it brought me one year ago? A year ago I was like an hamster in the wheel – many hours at work, always in a  hurry, losing my things, having one thousand and one thought running through my head, attacks of anxiety, annoyance  were a part of me and  made my life difficult to enjoy. So luckily, I came across the course of mindfulness which I started to incorporate into my daily life and could see the changes almost immediately. The important thing that it is not only a practice for adults but also some help for children. The experiments showed that after several weeks of mindfulness   the classes with the behavioral problems experienced improvements in their way of behaving and as the result the academic success was getting higher.

So let’s  see an example the way mindfulness works  in a real life:  1. So  I am writing this article and while I am typing it my mind can busy with several more thoughts like what is going on instagram and facebook because I might be missing something important. The thing of multifunnctionality and this is what mindfulness disagrees with. So I am teaching myself staying focused on one thing at one time, paying attention which will help to work more efficiently and achieve better results. 2. While writing this I might deal with self criticism that I am bad at writing and why am I am writing it and this when the concept  of self appreciation must be applied like – I might make mistakes while writing  but this is the way I am learning. 3 At the same point gratefulness might be applied- I am grateful for having opportunities sitting in my comfortable room feeling healthy writing and sharing my writing with people.  4. When my focus gets switched and my thoughts wander around there a mindful breathing exercise which can help to gain your focus back. In a nutshell mindfulness is the way of learning being in the moment, enjoying it, savoring and being grateful for it.  This is the practice which won’t be built overnight, it will take some time and efforts in order to incorporate mindfulness in your daily life but the reward,   less stressful more peaceful life, is worth it.

Some interesting materials can be found here.

Mındfulschools

(The documentary which shows the way mindfulness was incorporated in one of the school where behavioral problems prevailed and the way the students could help themselves and improve their academic success and relationships between each other.)

Futurelearn  offers two free online courses with detailed  guidance on mindfulness.

Some interesting Ted talks:

The book I used:

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks

Mındfulness Works (if you dont have a chance buying a book, recordings for practicing meditation can be found here.)

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Sosyal Medya Çılgınlığı Döneminde Zihin Sağlığını Korumak

Yaşadığımız zamanı düşündükçe insan aklını oynatmaya daha çok yaklaşıyor. Tek kanallı siyah beyaz televizyondan (büyük annemin sahip olduğu bir tanesini çok net hatırlıyorum) renkli televizyona geçiş dönemini hatırlarken aynı zamanda elimde tuttuğum iphone ve içindeki uygulamalarla yaşadığım yeri binlerce kilometre ötedeki anneme gösterebiliyorum. Sonsuz olanakları önümüze seren teknolojinin hayatımıza her geçen gün daha da egemen olduğu bir devirde yaşıyoruz. Eş zamanlı çalışma kabiliyetimizi üst düzeye çıkaran bir teknoloji safhasındayız, bir yandan telefonla konuşurken aynı anda elektronik postalarımızı kontrol edebilir, müzik dinleyebilir ve daha pek çok şey yapabiliriz. Birçoğumuz bu işlevselliğin büyük bir nimet olduğunu ve işlerimizi daha kısa sürede halletmemizi sağlandığını düşünüyor. Karşıt görüşlere rağmen araştırmacılar aynı anda birden fazla işle ilgilenmenin stresi arttırdığını ve elde edilen sonuçların kalitesini düşürdüğünü ortaya çıkaran sonuçlar paylaşıyor. En açık örneği olarak telefonla konuşurken araç kullanmayı düşünün. Günlük olarak beynimiz sonsuz işlem yapıyor, binlerce düşünce üretip her köşeden gelen ardı arkası kesilmeyen bilgileri hafızaya işliyor. Zihin sağlığımızın tüm bu hengame içinde ne hale geleceğini düşünebiliyor musunuz? Bedenimizi terbiye ettiğimiz gibi zihnimiz için de gittikçe yaygınlaşan bir yöntem var, Mindfulness. Gelin bu terimi birlikte yorumlayalım.

Mindfulness kendinize, diğerlerine ve etrafınızdaki Dünya’ya daha farklı açıyla baktığınız bir farkındalık durumu. Jon Kabat-Zinn, bunu yaşadığınız ana ve amaca yargılayıcı olmadan ihtimam gösterdiğiniz farkındalık olarak açıklıyor. Nezaket, keyif, minnet ve kendinizi takdir etmek mindfulness öğretisinin dört temel taşı. Bunları şiar edinerek hayatınızı renklendirebilir, içinde yaşadığınız büyük şehrin karmaşası içinde huzuru yakalayabilir, minnet ve takdir duygularınızı geliştirerek nihayetinde içsel dengeye ulaşabilirsiniz.

Peki neden buna ihtiyacımız var ve bir yıl öncesine göre hayatıma kattığı şey nedir? Bir yıl önce kendi çarkında koşturan bir hamster gibiydim. Uzun çalışma saatleri, devamlı telaş, aklımda bin bir düşünce, eşyalarımı kaybetme, endişe atakları ve sıkıntı hayatımın bir parçası haline gelmişti. Hayattan zevk almakta zorlanıyordum. Şansıma internet üzerinde Mindfulness derslerine denk geldim ve hemen hayatımda tatbik etmeye başladığım uygulamalarıyla yaşadığım değişikliği açıkça fark ettim. Bu sürecin önemi sadece yetişkinlere yönelik değil aynı zamanda çocuklara da yardımcı olacak uygulamalar ve zihin durumları içermesi. Belirli araştırmalar ve deneyler göstermiştir ki, öğrencilerde sınıf genelinde davranış problemlerinde azalma ve akademik anlamda gelişmeler görülmüştür.

Gerçek hayatta uygulamalarını bir örnekle açıklayalım. 1. Şu anda bu yazıyı yazarken aklımın bir köşesi İnstagram ve Facebook düşünmekle meşgul, acaba şu anda önemli bir şeyler kaçırıyor muyum? Eş zamanlı çalışma ve örneğini verdiğim durum Mindfulness felsefesinin karşı çıktığı şeyin ta kendisi. Böylece kendimi odağımı yitirmemek ve başka şeylerle dikkatimi dağıtmama konusunda telkin ediyorum ki, daha verimli ve sonuçlarından memnun olacağım bu çalışma ortaya çıkarabileyim. 2. Bu yazıyı kağıda dökerken kendi muhakememi yapıp, yazdığımı eleştirmek kolayca düşebileceğim zihin durumlarından biri. Bu durumlarda kendimle barışık olup yaptığım işi takdir ederek tüm hatalarımı öğrenme sürecinin bir parçası yapabilirim. Sonuçta kendimi geliştirmek için hatalarımı da görmem lazım. 3. Aynı zamanda minnet duygusu da işlemeye başlıyor, rahat odamda otururken bu yazıyı yazabilme fırsatını elde etmek ve insanlarla paylaşabileceğimi bilmek zihnimi daha da canlandırıyor. 4. Odağımı kaybettiğim ve düşüncelerimin dağılmaya başladığı anlarda nefes alma egzersizleriyle bu dağınıklığın üstesinden gelip işime geri dönebiliyorum.

Özetle Mindfulness bir öğrenme, anı yaşama, yaşanan andan zevk alma ve minnet duyma durumu. Uygulaması bir gecede öğrenilecek bir şey değil, uzun zaman ve emek isteyen bir süreç. Bunu günlük yaşamınıza uygulamayı öğrendiğinizde ise daha az stresli daha çok huzurlu bir hayata ulaşıyorsunuz.

Bazı ilgi çekici bilgilere aşağıdaki linkten ulaşabilirsiniz.

Mındfulschools

(Bu belgesel Mindfulness öğretisinin, davranış sorunu bulunan öğrencilerin bulunduğu bir okuldaki uygulamalarını ve nasıl bir gelişim gösterdiklerini işleyerek, süreç sonunda öğrencilerin kendilerine nasıl yardım ettiklerini gösteriyor.)

Futurelearn  Mindfulness ile ilgili, rehber tadında iki adet kursu ücretsiz sunuyor.

Bazı ilgi çekici Ted konuşmaları:

Kullandığım kitap:

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks

Mındfulness Works (kitabı alma şansınız yoksa, meditasyonun uygulanması konusundaki bazı kayıtlara buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.)

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Five Sourdough Journeys

Baking sourdough bread is one of the most fascinating activities during which flour, water and salt are transformed into the most delicious bread and instagram plays a role of a connector, which gives a chance to observe a daily journey of sourdough bakers all round the world. Read 5 short stories of 5 sourdough bakers from Ukraine, Turkey, Poland, Slovenia and Portugal. 

Katrya

Katrya @seldonenko (Ukraine)

How long have you been a sourdough baker and what lead you to become one?

  • I have been baking sourdough for 9 years. When I was young I wanted to learn English, become a vegetarian and bake bread and Easter sweet bread like my granny and like my mother’s  Polish friends Bronislava.

Are there many artisan bakeries in your country?

  • Unfortunately in Ukraine the traditition of sourdough bread has been forgotten. I dont know any real artisan bakeries in my region . There are possibly some in other regions

Can you name bakers who were your inspiration to start baking sourdough bread?

  • Oh yes, certainly I had an inspiration in the very beginning: it was Lyuda -LJ blogger from Toronto, her user’s name – marianna_aga. She is an absolutely stunning person.

What tips would you give to a person who has just started to bake sourdough bread?

  • It is difficult to advise something. I might give just one tip: never give up baking! Despite mistakes and failures you should continue following your dream. Make you baking hobby-your obsession. Be passionate  about bread all the time.

What is the most common mistake while baking sourdough bread and how can it be avoided?

  • It is impossible to avoid mistakes. There aren’t any teachers or clever books in the world which could protect you. On the contrary don’t afraid to make a mistake. Negative experience is good. You’ll know bad ways to find the best one.

Özlem

Özlem @tatliatolyem (Turkey)

How long have you been a sourdough baker and what lead you to become one?

  • I have been baking sourdough bread almost for two years. I call this interest as a real bread journey. I started this journey to eat real bread and to make people taste it.

Are there many artisan bakeries in your country?

  • I learned sourdough with my online researches. At the beginning I was using different recipes from the internet, then I met Cafe Fernando, after that I started to try different techniques.

Can you name bakers who were your inspiration to start baking sourdough bread?

  • There is no name which i am inspired especially but I am mainly into Rusian rye bread.

What tips would you give to a person who has just started to bake sourdough bread

  • Lots of research and attempts bring exerience. I suggest everyone listen to their dough. I would like to warn people that it becomes an obsession. 🙂

What is the most common mistake while baking sourdough bread and how can it be avoided?

  • Biggest mistake is under-kneaded dough. Beside  skipping cold leaven causes a lack of understanding  the taste variety.

Zosia

Zosia Barto @zosia_barto (Poland)

How long have you been a sourdough baker and what lead you to become one?

  • Around 7 years ago I baked the first bread in my life. It was a yeasted bread, I’ve baked it because I didn’t have any bread at home and I was hungry Couple days after my first loaf, I baked a sourdough bread and it was a total disaster Luckily for me, I didn’t give up and now I have my own micro bakery. Around two years ago I’ve turned my hobby into my work and I’m still in love with sourdough bread

Are there many artisan bakeries in your country?

  • There is a long tradition of making sourdough rye bread in Poland, several years ago there were lots of artisan bakeries. Not many have left, a majority of them closed because of industrial bakeries. People prefer to buy cheap bread made from frozen dough than paying a little bit more for good quality bread. In Cracov, where I live, we have maybe 6 artisan bakeries.

Can you name bakers who were your inspiration to start baking sourdough bread?

  • Jeffrey Hamelman, Chad Robertson, Monika Walecka

What tips would you give to a person who has just started to bake sourdough bread

  • Don’t give up. Every failure is a lesson. Also, I’d recommend reading some books about sourdough to understand the whole process, that makes everything easier. For example, Bread by Hamelman is a really good one to get the basics.

What is the most common mistake while baking sourdough bread and how can it be avoided?

  • I don’t know what mistakes are most common among other bakers, but when I started my sourdough adventure I made a lot of errors. I have no idea which was the most common, but I think that answer is simple: observe your dough and make notes – it really helps.

Anita

Anita Sumer @sourdough_mania (Slovenia)

How long have you been a sourdough baker and what lead you to become one?

  • I’ve been baking exclusively with sourdough for .5 years. My husband had a gall bladder removal and wasn’t able to eat normal yeasted bread. Then I started to search for other options to bake homemade bread and came across sourdough and later wild yeast. Before sourdough, I haven’t baked bread at home, so this was my first venture into the bread baking world.

Are there many artisan bakeries in your country?

  • There aren’t that many, mostly fast commercial ones that don’t pay too much detail to the ingredients they use. A lot of bakeries are owned by Albanian people that produce a low quality fluffy white bread. Many stores also have their own prebaked programme. But artisan bakeries are very rare. I know only about 2 in our capital, Ljubljana, namely Art bread and Osem.

Can you name bakers who were your inspiration to start baking sourdough bread?

  • As many sourdough bakers, I bought Tartine book from Chad Robertson J soon to realise it won’t work with our weak flour that doesn’t soak up as much water as the American ones do. So I was again on my own, though when I started my sourdough bread quest, I got a lot of help from a Slovenian blogger Natasa Djuric. We shared and helped each other a lot during my earlier stages. Have to admit I miss this cooperation.

What tips would you give to a person who has just started to bake sourdough bread

  • Don’t get terrified by the procedure J take your time and you’ll master it! If your starter is bubbly and active, it will leaven your dough as well. If possible, use organic flour and non-chlorinated water.

What is the most common mistake while baking sourdough bread and how can it be avoided?

  • To quit before you nail it; even if your first loaves turn bricks, don’t give up and keep on baking! My first ones were flat and hard to eat but I didn’t end my sourdough quest. Check online resources, Instagram baking community, blogs for help, tips&tricks, more ideas, and inspiration.

Andreia

Andreia @andreia.earth (Portugal)

How long have you been a sourdough baker and what lead you to become one?

  • A couple of years ago I was gifted a food science book that had a chapter about bread. Even though there was little information about sourdough, it captivated my attention. By that time, the starter culture I had was neglected and my bread baking skills were definitely not the best. I got back to commercial yeast till October 2016. I’ve been baking sourdough bread for 7 months now but to be clear, I only started to bake proper bread in January. I had bad experiences with overproofed breadThat taught me a lot. Looking back, I’m glad I went trough that frustration! You get important lessons through bad events. Portuguese bakeries used to have pretty good bread but quickly they twisted their working ethics and replaced good wheat flour for the cheapest low quality wheat, reduced their working crew, started to to bake frozen dough…it’s a shame, honestly. I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel syndrome 7 years ago and this “modern bread” contributed for

    Abdominal pain, discomfort and unsuccessful disease management. Relevant scientific data bases have plenty of articles that confirm that sourdough bread helps to manage such diseases and improves vitamin and mineral bioavailability. Eating sourdough bread doesn’t cause me IBS crisis. Baking sourdough is a passion. It makes me feel extremely happy and soothes me. Microbiology will be forever a passion of mine. Keeping a starter makes me remember the good old days I spent in a lab.

    It’s a passion you feel and see trough people’s eyes. It’s hard to describe in words. I’ll keep baking and eating sourdough my whole life.

Are there many artisan bakeries in your country?

  • Honestly, I think artisan bakeries are scarce in my country. In a world ruled by economic and financial interests, honest business have hard times to strive. It’s cheaper for bakeries to use frozen bread dough, using more salt (to reduce the flour), have a smaller crew, etc.I believe most people forgot how amazing real bread tastes like! How great it is to hang out with a family and friends in the kitchen while the dough is in the oven, how amazing it feels to knead  the dough, smell the dough while it’s fermenting, feel the heat on your face while the bread is in the oven and you get delighted with the amazing transformation! I never found sourdough here and a lot of people don’t know it. Wish the bread business was more honest

Can you name bakers who were your inspiration to start baking sourdough bread?

  • Chad Robertson was the first sourdough baker I stumbled across online. There’s some inspiring, super creative and friendly sourdough bakers on Instagram. Diana (@fxmaman) helped me to bake consistent bakes and she pointed out what I was doing wrong. I have an eternal gratitude for all she has done to me. Anita Šumer (sourdough_mania) is a very creative and kind person. Her videos and tips definitely increased my knowledge. Katrin (@lillianday) is a passionate baker and Marguerite (@yuentien is also very talented. All these ladies were born with a natural talent for baking sourdough. They’re big inspirations and i always get a big smile on my face every time I see their bread.

What tips would you give to a person who has just started to bake sourdough bread

  • When I was completely inexperienced, I felt relieved with the amount of information on blogs, forums, etc. The lack of knowledge I had, made it difficult to understand the information provided by experienced bakers and so, I relied more on timings. Timings don’t matter, watching the dough is what really matters and is the key to success. Keeping a very happy starter is extremely important too. Get to know your culture and give it a lot of love. What I’m going to say is something personal

What is the most common mistake while baking sourdough bread and how can it be avoided?

  • Dear sourdough newbie, it’s normal to fail when you’re learning. Nobody is perfect and the fails can be frustrating but, that’s the only way to learn. Failing will give you knowledge you’ll remember and won’t fail again. Practice, have faith and find kind friends to help you in that process. Love what you bake no matter what and feel proud of yourself.
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