Recipe: Chocolate Babka

In case you’re unfamiliar babka is a sweet, yeasted cake that looks quite like a bread. It’s rolled and twisted so you might get a cinnamon roll vibe from it but it’s also a delicious food with a look that is pretty much guaranteed to impress with very little effort. This one is chocolate and chopped almonds but you can fill them with a near infinite combination of things for your own fun twist.

Chocolate Babka

AuthorMabDifficultyIntermediate

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time2 hrsCook Time35 minsTotal Time2 hrs 35 mins

Ingredients
 175 ml milk, warmed
 4 g dry yeast
 100 g sugar
 1 egg
 1 egg yolk
 4 g vanilla extract
 250 g flour
 3 g salt
 75 g butter
Filling
 200 g semisweet or dark chocolate, chips or chopped bar
 15 g ground cinnamon
 65 g almonds, chopped fine
 65 g sugar
 55 g butter, melted

Directions
1

In a small bowl mix together the milk, yeast, and sugar and let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.

2

In a large mixing bowl mix together the sugar, vanilla, eggs, and yolk.

3

To the wet mixture add flour and salt and butter and mix until a soft, smooth dough forms. The dough will be sticky and wet.

4

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with towel and set aside for an hour.

5

While rising, make the filling by mixing together chocolate, butter, sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon.

6

After the dough has risen: Pre-heat oven to 175°C and generously butter a loaf pan.

7

Punch the dough down and then on a floured surface, roll dough out until it is about 1/8 inch thick.

8

Crumble the filling evenly over dough, leaving a 1/4 inch border then roll the dough up tightly like a jelly roll and pinch ends together to seal.

9

Take the roll and twist it 5 times, then fold the roll in half and roll it 2 or 3 more times.

10

Place the roll into prepared baking pan, brush the top of Babka with egg wash and let stand for 20-30 minutes.

11

Bake babkas until golden, about 35 minutes.

Adapted from My Jewish Learning

Ingredients

Ingredients
 175 ml milk, warmed
 4 g dry yeast
 100 g sugar
 1 egg
 1 egg yolk
 4 g vanilla extract
 250 g flour
 3 g salt
 75 g butter
Filling
 200 g semisweet or dark chocolate, chips or chopped bar
 15 g ground cinnamon
 65 g almonds, chopped fine
 65 g sugar
 55 g butter, melted

Directions

Directions
1

In a small bowl mix together the milk, yeast, and sugar and let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.

2

In a large mixing bowl mix together the sugar, vanilla, eggs, and yolk.

3

To the wet mixture add flour and salt and butter and mix until a soft, smooth dough forms. The dough will be sticky and wet.

4

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with towel and set aside for an hour.

5

While rising, make the filling by mixing together chocolate, butter, sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon.

6

After the dough has risen: Pre-heat oven to 175°C and generously butter a loaf pan.

7

Punch the dough down and then on a floured surface, roll dough out until it is about 1/8 inch thick.

8

Crumble the filling evenly over dough, leaving a 1/4 inch border then roll the dough up tightly like a jelly roll and pinch ends together to seal.

9

Take the roll and twist it 5 times, then fold the roll in half and roll it 2 or 3 more times.

10

Place the roll into prepared baking pan, brush the top of Babka with egg wash and let stand for 20-30 minutes.

11

Bake babkas until golden, about 35 minutes.

Chocolate Babka

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