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Chocolate Babka

I love this chocolate babka. It's a rewarding recipe for taking the next step in your bread baking. Even if it's slightly imperfect going into the oven, it turns out gorgeous. Look at those swirls! —Lisa Kaminski, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 4-1/4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons quick-rise yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, room temperature, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. In a small saucepan, heat water to 120°-130°; stir into dry ingredients. Stir in eggs and yolk, orange zest and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half into a 12x10-in. rectangle. For filling, in a microwave, melt butter and chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners' sugar, cocoa and salt. Spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam and ends to seal.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut each roll lengthwise in half; carefully turn each half cut side up. Loosely twist strips around each other, keeping cut surfaces facing up; pinch ends together to seal. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans, cut side up. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Bake until golden brown, 35-45 minutes, tenting with foil halfway through baking. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Brush over warm babka. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 181 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • candlefool
    Nov 1, 2020

    I'm in the middle of making this so I'm not rating it yet. Someone asked how much cinnamon since the video shows it but the posted recipe doesn't say. This article about making it shows the cinnamon as 1/2 tsp. https://preprod.tasteofhome.com/article/how-to-make-babka/

  • ckldy46
    Sep 11, 2020

    This sounds wonderful and I'm printing it off to do as soon as possible. I just wanted to add the definition of Babka, which this recipe definitely is : Babka is a sweet braided bread or cake which originated in the Jewish communities of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It is popular in Israel and elsewhere in the Jewish diaspora. It is prepared with a yeast-leavened dough that is rolled out and spread with a filling such as chocolate, cinnamon, fruit, or cheese, then rolled up and braided before baking. I'm not Jewish, but am Polish-Lithuanian, and grew up eating Babka. Yum!!

  • Dana
    Jun 17, 2020

    No comment left

  • Jillzie327
    Jun 1, 2020

    Lisa used cinnamon in the video, but nowhere in the recipe (either on-line or the magazine) does cinnamon appear. Any idea of the amount of cinnamon used?

  • D
    Apr 25, 2020

    The chocolate babka recipe did look a bit intimidating at first, however tasted great. Just wanted to say that there are many different fillings that can be used. That’s what cooks do, try different and usually amazing combinations. To those who consider chocolate non traditional, I would love to try their REAL recipe. Only if they are up to judgement that is.

  • logansama
    Jan 30, 2020

    This was a fun recipe to make, even though I didn't have a mixer. It was very pretty and tasted amazing! My Polish neighbor made it more like a coffee cake, but my Jewish friend makes dozens of variations of the twisted loaves, but generally chocolate and cinnamon. I think I might have to make it again tomorrow!

  • John
    Jan 27, 2020

    Looks like the way she makes it in the video is different from the written instructions e.g. the filling is made in a saucepan in the video but the written recipe mentions a microwave. Why make a video tht is different from the written recipe?

  • Carrie
    Jan 26, 2020

    This is good, but it is NOT babka. Babka is cinnamon, raisins (optional), crumbs in a coffee cake yeast dough. This sounds more like a chocolate brioche, and is definitely not authentic. Please post a recipe for real babka!

  • Larry
    Jan 26, 2020

    Looks pretty straight forward, I'm going to attempt this next weekend.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Jan 14, 2020

    While the recipe seems a little intimidating, it is worth the effort! Loved the flavors and the rich swirl! Will definitely make again!