Recycling Challah Bread in Style: Mock Baba Recipe



The beloved French yeasted rum-soaked pastry.

It is also labor-intensive, so I enjoy it wherever I find a delicious one all ready for me.

Challah Leftovers = Mock Baba!

No problem! I just turned humble Challah leftovers into a fabulous mock baba:

Feeling so smug about this! This past Friday I had minutes to decide if I could whip up a dessert for a little “pitzel” graduation my children, Chabad Washington Heights, were hosting first thing Sunday morning for the children in their Day Care Center and their families.

Other Challah Desserts

cranberry bread pudding

bread pudding caramel sauce






Take a look at my Bread Pudding recipes! Here’s one with caramel sauce,   one with cranberries,  one with chocolate

Not a smidgen of challah will go to waste!
I looked around me, and this is what I found and put together. Hardly a recipe, but the kind of thing that tasted and looked more glorious than the modest sum of its parts. It had a texture very much like the French baba au rum (after all, challah is yeasted), spongy and rum-soaked, which got me and everyone very excited, except there was no dough making or rising, all aboard, end of story!  If the way the dessert disappeared was any indication, a star was born, for all kids big and small. Still, I replaced the rum with an un-spiked children-friendly juice-based syrup.

Dairy-free mock baba

I make my mock baba 100% dairy-free. It will be perfect too!


  • 1 medium challah bread, cut up in large chunks
  • 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • 3 cups milk or dairy-free milk (soy, rice, almond, grain etc....)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup rum or bourbon
  • 2/3 cup dry currants, or raisins


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Process all but last ingredient in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Fold in the currants with a spoon. Pour the batter into a well greased tube cake pan. Bake about one hour, or a little longer, until the top is barely set. Or pour the batter in individual molds and bake about 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, alone or with whipped cream and/or berries. Makes a dozen ample servings.

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