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I wasn’t planning babka when I began thinking about this recipe. Babka is a sweet yeast cake that layers rich moist dough with streusel filling, especially yummy as a coffee cake. I love baking cakes with yeast more than bread. Yeast cakes are more forgiving; if the rise isn’t perfect the taste remains delicious. Also proofing yeast holds a special place in my herbal baking heart. As I experiment, there are magic moments for unlocking methods that work. Wherever there is water in a recipe, an herbal tea can take its place. This opens all kinds of doors. The first time I proofed yeast in an herbal tea I held my breath not knowing what would happen. I wondered if something in the tea would react with the yeast and it wouldn’t rise, but the opposite happened. The rise, aroma, and ultimately flavor have inspired a world of herbal baking ideas. Can’t wait to keep baking.