Chocolate babka

Based on 23 ratings

Johanna Reder

Test Kitchen Manager and Chef at Kitchen Stories

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“Babka is a wonderful pastry that you can make with many different fillings, from the classic chocolate to cinnamon, or even hearty cardamom.”

Difficulty

Easy 👌
35
min.
Preparation
20
min.
Baking
90
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-8+
400 g bittersweet chocolate
500 g flour
225 ml milk
50 ml heavy cream
eggs
egg yolk
130 g butter (room temperature)
15 g fresh yeast
130 g sugar
20 g confectioner’s sugar
30 g unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
⅛ tsp salt
flour (for dusting)
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • bowl (large)
  • rubber spatula
  • kitchen towel
  • whisk
  • heatproof bowl
  • 2 pots (small)
  • rolling pin
  • serrated knife
  • loaf pan (9x5 in.)
  • oven
  • pastry brush

Nutrition per serving

Cal
779
Protein
15 g
Fat
40 g
Carb
93 g
  • Step 1/4

    Add some milk, fresh yeast, half of the vanilla extract, most of the sugar, and the eggs to a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add flour, salt, and some butter to the mixture. Mix then use your hands to knead into a smooth dough. On a flour-dusted work surface, form the dough into a ball. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for approx. 30 min.
    • 125 ml milk
    • 15 g fresh yeast
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 100 g sugar
    • eggs
    • 500 g flour
    • ⅛ tsp salt
    • 80 g butter
    • flour (for dusting)
    • bowl (large)
    • rubber spatula
    • kitchen towel
    • whisk

    Add some milk, fresh yeast, half of the vanilla extract, most of the sugar, and the eggs to a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add flour, salt, and some butter to the mixture. Mix then use your hands to knead into a smooth dough. On a flour-dusted work surface, form the dough into a ball. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for approx. 30 min.

  • Step 2/4

    For the filling, melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Once melted, remove from heat and mix in remaining butter, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar until a homogeneous mixture forms. Let cool completely. For the glaze, heat remaining milk and sugar together until all the sugar dissolves, then set aside.
    • 400 g bittersweet chocolate
    • 50 g butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 30 g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 20 g confectioner’s sugar
    • 100 ml milk
    • 30 g sugar
    • heatproof bowl
    • 2 pots (small)

    For the filling, melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Once melted, remove from heat and mix in remaining butter, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar until a homogeneous mixture forms. Let cool completely. For the glaze, heat remaining milk and sugar together until all the sugar dissolves, then set aside.

  • Step 3/4

    Preheat oven to 165ºC/325°F and grease a loaf pan. Roll out dough into a rectangle and spread evenly with chocolate filling. Roll up the dough tightly along one long side to the other long side. Halve the roll with a bread knife lengthwise, then weave two parts together, making sure the side with chocolate filling is always facing up. Transfer braided dough to prepared loaf pan and let rest for approx. 1 hr.
    • rolling pin
    • serrated knife
    • loaf pan (9x5 in.)
    • oven

    Preheat oven to 165ºC/325°F and grease a loaf pan. Roll out dough into a rectangle and spread evenly with chocolate filling. Roll up the dough tightly along one long side to the other long side. Halve the roll with a bread knife lengthwise, then weave two parts together, making sure the side with chocolate filling is always facing up. Transfer braided dough to prepared loaf pan and let rest for approx. 1 hr.

  • Step 4/4

    Whisk egg yolk with heavy cream, then brush dough surface with the mixture. Transfer to oven and bake for approx. 20 min. Brush prepared glaze directly on chocolate babka when it's done. Let cool then slice and enjoy!
    • egg yolk
    • 50 ml heavy cream
    • pastry brush

    Whisk egg yolk with heavy cream, then brush dough surface with the mixture. Transfer to oven and bake for approx. 20 min. Brush prepared glaze directly on chocolate babka when it's done. Let cool then slice and enjoy!