Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cumin Babkas on Marinated Red Peppers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cumin Babkas on Marinated Red Peppers

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This recipe hails from the Tartra Mountains region of Poland, known as the "Polish Alps." It's one of the many little dishes, or appetizers, called zakaski, that Poles enjoy on an Easter buffet.

I stretched the batter into 8 cupcake molds instead of 6, which may be why they deflated as they cooled. But no matter - they were light, fluffy and melt-in-your mouth delicious.

For peppers

2 red bell peppers, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt to taste

White wine vinegar to cover thyme

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

1 bay leaf

Black pepper

For babkas

1 cup ricotta

2 eggs, separated

teaspoon white wine vinegar

teaspoon ground cumin

Large pinch of sea salt

Prepare peppers: Rub peppers with some olive oil and a little salt and place under a hot broiler for about 7 minutes, turning them regularly so that they are slightly charred on both sides. …

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