This recipe is adapted from the King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion's recipe for Bakery Date Squares.
My husband introduced me to techina (tahini), a staple found in most Israeli kitchens, as soon as we made aliyah in 1992.
Every birthday deserves a great cake. This iconic, cocoa-based, richly iced cake fits the bill.
This babka is so easy, baking it almost feels like cheating. I have a hard time not eating it as it comes out of the oven.