Let's not debate whether Zabar's Babka is a real babka or not. I know the ingredient list is not what a grandmother might use to make a classic babka. But for better or worse, I used to be addicted to their cinnamon babka (I use "their" loosely - I've heard it's baked by a bulk baker in Providence, LI and rebranded and sold to other stores including Russ & Daughters).
My question is to longtime Zabar's babka eaters: have they started to really stink? They are so dry now! They used to be super-gooey and amazingly moist. Not so anymore, and often the only remnant of goo is on the very bottom of the babka.
I've bought a bunch in the past year and I'm consistently disappointed. Anyone else notice this?
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