What do you need?
2 mugs of polohrubá mouka
1 mug of sugar
1 mug of milk
1/2 mug of oil
1 pack of baking powder (2 teaspoons)
Pinch of salt
Butter for wiping the tin
Let’s make this lovely sweet treat like my granny or my mom did when I was young. Every time when I smell this in our home while visiting my parents or my grandmother’s home, it reminds me of my childhood. When my sister and I were sitting at the table in our kitchen eating our bábovka and drinking hot chocolate or cocoa, it felt like the best breakfast ever, served usually during Easter time but also all year long. Some of you might know of something like this as a “marble cake”. It might look similar, but it is not the same. There are many variations of bábovka, but how can you make sure you are going to make the right one? Most important is the shape of the cake. This Czech cake is made in a specially shaped tin for bábovka only.
There are many variations, as I already said. You can make one with sweet cream cheese that is really smooth, soft and fluffy, but my granny makes a different one that I prefer. This type is heavier, full of taste, and since it’s made with cocoa, it is an oily bábovka. As the name says, this one contains oil. It is pretty easy to make, with not too many ingredients, but so delicious!
As always, make sure your bowl is big enough to put everything in. Start with the dry ingredients. The measurements are in mugs so it is very easy to make it — no kitchen scale necessary. The size of the mug? You don’t have to have specific size; just make sure it is between 250-300ml, because that amount of baking powder works well for this.
Start with flour. You know we have several types of flour in the Czech Republic, unlike in the US or in Ireland, where you’ll find just one or two. For this recipe, use “polohrubá mouka”, which you can find in all stores or markets here. Is it important to use the right one? YES, it is. That is why we have different types of flour — because we use them for different types of baked goodies. Although I’ve found that other types would work, they won’t turn out the same; so please use this one!
Put the amount in the bowl and continue with dry ingredients. Put sugar and baking powder in the bowl as well as salt, and mix it all well. You might ask why you should mix it well, as those are just dry ingredients. We need them to be mixed well so the wet ingredients will combine with them properly. Crack the eggs and mix them in a small bowl or in a mug. It is easier to mix them with your dry mixture later. Put those mixed eggs in the bowl followed by milk and oil. Don’t put the whole amount of milk and oil in one time. Pour a bit and mix well every time before you pour another amount. The dough should be smooth and creamy. When your dough is done, then separate it in a half and in one of those halves put the cocoa powder. We are almost done!
Take your baking tin and use a bit of butter to wipe it with; it helps the dough not to stick to the tin. Pour the white (yellow) dough in the tin and use the brown (cocoa) dough to pour it on the white one so that will make the marble color. Nothing else to do!
Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius and bake it for circa 40 minutes. Try it with a wooden skewer if it is already done or not and enjoy this awesome treat with coffee, tea or cocoa!