Chocolate babka

Chocolate babka

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Hanna Reder

Hanna 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 👌
Preparation
35 min
Baking
40 min
Resting
90 min

Ingredients

2Servings
MetricImperial
125 g
flour
56¼ ml
milk
½
eggs
¼
egg yolk
g
fresh yeast
32½ g
sugar
5 g
confectioner’s sugar
tsp
salt

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

Cal779
Fat40 g
Protein15 g
Carb93 g
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  • 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.
    • 31¼ ml milk
    • g fresh yeast
    • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
    • 25 g sugar
    • ½ eggs
    • 125 g flour
    • tsp salt
    • 20 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.
    • 100 g bittersweet chocolate
    • 12½ g butter
    • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
    • g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 5 g confectioner’s sugar
    • 25 ml milk
    • 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. 35 – 40 min. Brush prepared glaze directly on chocolate babka when it's done. Let cool then slice and enjoy!
    • ¼ egg yolk
    • 12½ 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. 35 – 40 min. Brush prepared glaze directly on chocolate babka when it's done. Let cool then slice and enjoy!

  • Enjoy your meal!

    Chocolate babka

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