Homemade Chocolate Babka

February 19, 2022

This Chocolate Babka has an irresistible flavor with rich donut dough and chocolate filling.

If you've never tried Chocolate Babka, this half bread, half cake recipe is extremely yummy! Chocolate babka is made with an abundant brioche dough and a rich, smooth, and exceptionally chocolate filling, and it is always warm and inviting. It's an all-time top choice in most houses and a delectable treat! Every bite is rich in chocolate, soft and buttery. A warm bit of chocolate babka is impossible to resist.

Try this Chocolate Babka recipe at home. Serve with tea or coffee.

Chocolate BabkaPhoto By Canva
Taste Score: %80
Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 210 mins
Cooking 35 mins
Total 245 mins

Tips

  • You may dissolve fast-acting yeast in a warm (110 °F) milk mixture with 2 teaspoons of sugar. Allow it to bubble for a few minutes before adding it to the dry ingredients.
  • To make sure it is cooked, you can use an instant-read thermometer to check if the core temperature of the babka bread has reached 190 °F. This approach is especially helpful if you don't have a toothpick long enough to reach the middle of the bread.
  • Don't forget to add the syrup at the end. It not only adds a lustrous sheen to the babka's outside, but it also prevents the bread from drying out.
  • If you don't have a mixer, you may combine the babka dough in a big mixing basin with a wooden spoon before kneading it by hand. It will take 10 to 15 minutes at the very least. If you're hand-kneading, be cautious not to over-dust the counter, since you don't want to add too much flour to the dough.

Ingredients

Directions

Dough

  1. Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium mixing basin.
  2. Combine the milk and yeast in a stand mixer equipped with the dough hook and let it stand for 5 minutes, or until frothy. Sprinkle the dry ingredients on top of the egg and egg yolk. Mix for 2 minutes on low-speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue to mix on medium speed for approximately 5 minutes, or until all of the dry ingredients are combined and the dough is smooth.
  3. Add all of the butter at once and mix on low speed for 3 minutes, or until a sticky dough develops; scrape down the sides of the bowl as required throughout mixing.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 hour to allow the dough to come to room temperature.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Cut the dough in half after. Make a nice square out of each piece.
  7. Refrigerate overnight, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

Filling

  1. Melt both 4 ounces chocolates and 1 cup butter in a large heatproof dish placed over a pot of boiling water, stirring periodically, until smooth. Allow it to cool completely before stirring in the heavy cream and honey.
  2. Line two 9-by-4-inch loaf pans with parchment paper, leaving 2 inches of overhang on each of the long edges. Each dough square should be rolled out to a 16-inch square.
  3. Spread 1/2 cup of the filling in an equal layer over the dough squares with an offset spatula to within 1/2 inch of the sides. Starting at the long side closest to you, carefully twist each dough square into a tight log jelly roll fashion.
  4. Cut the logs in half crosswise using a sharp knife. Spread 1/4 cup of the reserved filling over the top and sides of two of the halves using an offset spatula. To make a cross, place the other half on top in the opposite way. Twist the dough and transfer it to the prepared pans.
  5. Cover the loaves with a cloth and set them in a warm location for approximately 2 hours, or until they have doubled in volume.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 °F and bake the loaves for 45 minutes, or until puffy and thoroughly colored. Allow them to cool slightly before removing the babkas from the pans and placing them on a rack placed over a baking sheet.
  7. Remove the paper. Slice and serve it.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Chocolate Babka
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories489
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36.7 g47.1%
Cholesterol 111 mg37%
Sodium 447 mg19.4%
Protein 5.3 g10.6%
Potassium 117 mg2.5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Babka?

A babka is a delicious braided bread or cake that originated in Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian Jewish communities. It is well-liked in both Israel and the Jewish diaspora. It's made using yeast-leavened dough that's rolled out and filled with a filling like chocolate, cinnamon, fruit, or cheese before being wrapped up, braided, and baked.

What Is The Difference Between Babka And Challah?

Babka is an Eastern European yeast-based dough with swirls of chocolate or cinnamon that is cooked in a loaf pan. While Challah is a classic bread prepared with eggs, water, yeast, flour, sugar, and salt, it is commonly braided and cooked in a variety of forms for various festivals.

It doesn't matter that they're both good yeast-based breads: challah and babka both have very different textures, and babka often has raisins, almonds, or chocolate in it to make it more sweet.

What To Serve With Chocolate Babka?

A piece of delicious chocolate babka, which is a cake-bread blend, is great for breakfast or dessert! With a hot cup of coffee or tea, serve it hot or at room temperature.

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How To Store Chocolate Babka?

This chocolate babka bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. Wrap in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container. If you want to keep it longer, you can freeze it. Freeze the loaf whole or in separate pieces so you can thaw and bite into a little bit at a time. To freeze babka bread, first wrap it in cling film. It can be stored this way for two months. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature.

Recipe byPetite Gourmets

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