bab·​ka ˈbäb-kə How to pronounce babka (audio)
plural babkas
: a sweet bread made with yeast and butter:
: a sweet bread that contains various fillings (as of chocolate, cinnamon, or poppy seeds), is typically rolled and twisted before baking in a loaf pan, and is often topped with streusel
Tender yeast bread that begs to be pulled apart and ribbons of chunky bittersweet chocolate make this charming babka a coffee date to remember.Ian Knauer et al.
: a sweet bread that contains dried fruit (such as raisins), is baked in a round cake pan with scalloped sides, and is often topped with syrup, icing, or confectioners' sugar
Invert the babkas onto racks, let them cool, and sprinkle them with the confectioners' sugar …John G. Zawadzinski

Examples of babka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Learn the foundations of homemade pizza, or get a tutorial on pastries like babka and cinnamon rolls with their Brunch Bakes class. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, 12 Dec. 2023 Though their dark chocolate babka will be dearly missed, fans should keep an eye on their social media for announcements. Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2023 Shelves are laden with a dizzying array of boxes of cookies, granola, bottles of hot sauce, blocks of halva, and containers of babka, and baklava. Ann Trieger Kurland,, 27 Dec. 2022 Cut about half a loaf of chocolate babka into bite-size cubes, and toss them with 2 Tbsp. Nina Moskowitz, Bon Appétit, 22 Dec. 2022 Families will still order rounds of bagels, eggs and lox for weekend brunch, then line up at the deli counter for slices of babka and whitefish salad by the pound. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2022 Among the offerings sure to whet the appetite of deli devotees are challah French toast, matzo ball soup, berbere spice fried artichoke with sumac aioli, and a chocolate babka bun with orange cream and streusel. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 In the winter, folks might grab a creme brûlée latte, or s’mores hot chocolate and chocolate babka to watch ice skaters and pickup hockey games on the pond. Lauren Daley,, 7 Feb. 2023 Yeh has a recipe for Cardamom Babka in the book, but any babka will work. Nina Moskowitz, Bon Appétit, 22 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Yiddish & Polish; Yiddish babke (in sense a), borrowed from Polish babka (in sense b), literally, "old woman, grandmother," diminutive of baba "grandmother, midwife, old woman"

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of babka was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Babka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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