B is for Babka – this chocolate babka is filled with chocolate, chipotle, and roasted cinnamon then a thick layer of streusel iis added on the top. Better get a drip cup , though. You will be salivating by the time you’ve finished reading this.
Babka is an Eastern European sweet bread made with a rich, yeast leavened dough that is similar to brioche. It is often served for Easter and, I have to say, this would be an awesome addition to your Easter table! It is not quite a dessert but not really a bread either.
The bread is buttery and tender with a chipotle, roasted cinnamon ganache swirled through it. It’s topped with a not too sweet streusel and it really is a treat for brunch or as an afternoon treat with a cup of Earl Grey. Although it takes quite a lot of time to make very little of it is hands on. You make the dough and then let it rise overnight in the refrigerator. Hands on time is maybe 30 minutes, if that.
Steps to Shaping Chocolate Babka
When you shape the dough you twist it. It is a little complicated to explain but you can see how it’s done in the images below.
- Roll it into a rectangle.
- Spread with the filling.
- Roll up from the long side.
- Fold in half.
- Twist a couple of times.
- Brush with butter.
- Put in loaf pans.
- Sprinkle with streusel.
This should freeze just fine for up to three months as long as you keep it tightly wrapped.
I’ve seen all kinds of recipes for babka with all kinds of ingredients but I like this one best. It is simple, it is do-able, and it’s delicious. You may want to try all kinds of fillings once you make one. I’ve seen cream cheese and strawberry babkas, nut babkas, and almost everything else that you can imagine.
You can’t begin to imagine how the house smells when this chocolate babka is baking in the oven! I adapted this Babka recipe because it seemed closest to what I was looking for.
If you liked Chocolate Babka you may also like:
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