A New Way to Babka - Atlas Obscura

Chicago, Illinois

A New Way to Babka

A cultural baking exploration with the talented pastry duo behind the popular online bakery Masa Madre.

Join Mexico City natives and Babka enthusiasts Tamar Fasja Unikel and Elena Vazquez Felgueres of Pilsen’s Masa Madre for a hands-on pastry experience full of delightful culinary and cultural twists and turns. Originally introduced to New Yorkers by Jewish immigrants, traditional Babka is a buttery sweet bread made from a doubled and twisted length of yeast dough that contains cinnamon and/or chocolate, often topped with streusel. Inspired by their Jewish and Mexican heritage, several episodes of Seinfeld, as well as their modern approach to hand crafting baked goods, Tamar and Elena will guide you through the process of handling the dough (including instruction on executing its signature twist) and adding custom fillings to create unique, stunning and most importantly, delicious homemade Babkas.

In addition to the Babka tasting and instruction, Tamar and Elena will have all the ingredients on hand for participants to make their own small batch of the Israeli spice blend za’tar with a surprising Mexican twist. The workshop also includes a beverage from our hosts at Pleasant House Pub, so you can sip a stout, house red, or latte while enjoying the workshop and tasting your pastry creations.

Additional Details

  • The event will be held at Pleasant House Pub, which is located at 2119 S. Halsted Street in the Pilsen neighborhood.
  • Car: Ample, free parking is available along Halsted, Peoria, Cermak, Canalport, and numbered side streets.
  • CTA: The #8 Halsted Street bus stops at Halsted and Cermak and the Orange Line “L” stops at Halsted Street station, walk north on Halsted.
  • The event is ADA accessible.
  • This event is open to all ages.
  • This ticket is not refundable, but you can transfer it to someone else by using this handy Eventbrite tutorial.


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