If you’re a fan of sweet, chocolatey treats, then you’re in for a real treat today! In this blog post, we’ll be sharing an amazing chocolate babka recipe that’s sure to steal your heart (and taste buds, too!).
This traditional Jewish pastry may seem challenging, but with a little patience and practice, anyone can make it at home. This recipe combines rich chocolate filling with a buttery, flaky dough that will leave you craving seconds (and thirds).
So, let’s get started and make something sweet and delectable!
1. Preparing the Dough
To make the chocolate babka dough, you will need 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 cup of softened butter, 1/2 cup of warm milk, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla, and then add it to the dry ingredients. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it rise for an hour.
2. Making the Chocolate Filling
While the dough is rising, prepare the chocolate filling. You will need 1 cup of chocolate chips, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of softened butter. In a bowl, mix the chocolate chips, sugar, and cinnamon. Then, cream the butter until it becomes fluffy and stir in the chocolate mixture. Set aside.
3. Assembling the Babka
Once the dough has risen, divide it into two equal parts. Roll each one out to form a rectangle. Spread the chocolate filling evenly on each rectangle, leaving a little space around the edges. Roll them tightly, starting from the longer side, to form a log. Join the two logs together at one end and twist them together. Transfer it into a well-greased loaf pan and let it rise for another 45 minutes.
4. Baking the Babka
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the babka with beaten egg and sprinkle some sliced almonds on top. Decorate it with some chocolate chips if you want. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top becomes golden brown. Remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
5. Serving and Enjoying
Once the babka is cooled and cut, it’s time to enjoy it! Serve it with a hot cup of coffee or tea and relish every bite. The chocolate filling will be rich and gooey, and the dough will be soft and buttery. You can store the babka in an airtight container for up to a week, but we doubt it will last that long.
We hope you loved this recipe and learned something new about chocolate babka today. It’s a delightful and decadent dessert that’s sure to impress your family and friends. So, go ahead and give it a try.
We promise, it’s worth the effort! Remember, baking is all about having fun and being creative, so feel free to experiment with different combinations of fillings and toppings. Happy baking!