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Chocolate Babka Bread

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Chocolate Babka Bread

One thing you should know about me is that I love bread. I love making bread. I love the way my house smells when I bake bread. And most of all, I love eating bread.

A few years ago I decided that I was going to master the art of making bread – because it really is an art! I resolved to make at least one loaf of knead-able bread each week for a year, or until I had mastered the process.  I stuck to this resolution for almost 5 months, with the full support of my hungry family, before I finally felt I had achieved my goal.

By then, I had memorized the perfect textures of different bread types, learned how the weather could impact my dough, tested & retested various heating/baking/humidifying techniques with my oven, and added a long list of new breads to my recipe box!

Since then, I seem to gravitate towards new bread recipes.  And although I often make tons of different bread types for all kinds of occasions, one of my favorites that I come back to again and again is this Chocolate Babka Bread.  Sweet, rich, soft, and chocolately.  Oh, so good.

This recipe is perfect as a breakfast bread, dessert bread, a holiday gift, a housewarming present, to wow company when they come over, or just to make on a cool, rainy day to enjoy with a cup of black coffee.  Be aware that the loaf will not last long – at least if you make it in my house.

This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light.

Babka Bread Dough

This bread starts off, like so many other greats, with a sweet dough that you’ll let rise into a beautiful pillow of promise.

Chocolate Babka Bread Roll

Similarly to a cinnamon roll recipe, you’ll then roll the dough out, sprinkle it with an insane filling mixture, and roll it up.

Chocolate Babka Bread Loaf

Finally, you’ll twist the dough, stuff it into a bread pan, sprinkle it with streusel, and bake it to perfection.

Chocolate Babka Bread 2

Honestly, the hardest part is allowing it to cool!!!  I prefer to eat it still warm, though I wouldn’t turn down a piece even if it was a week old and had been run over by a car.  Do not judge me.  It’s just that good.

Chocolate Babka Bread

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf; 16 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Chocolate Babka Bread

A rich and chocolately sweet bread that will have family and friends raving for months! Always a guaranteed crowd pleaser, this bread is very versatile. Make it for breakfast or dessert, give it as a gift, or incorporate it into your holiday food traditions.

Ingredients

    Dough:
  • 3/4 c. warm Milk (105° to 110°)
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry Yeast
  • 1 tsp + 6 tbsp Sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg Yolk, room temperature & lightly beaten
  • 1 2/3 c. All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1 1/4 c. Bread Flour
  • 5 tbsp Butter, cut into pieces & softened
  • Filling:
  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 4 oz Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Streusel:
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Butter, slightly softened

Instructions

    Dough:
  1. In a mixer bowl, dissolve 1 tsp sugar and yeast in warm milk. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in additional 6 tbsp sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and egg yolk.
  3. With a hook attachment and your mixer on low, slowly add 1 1/3 c. of all-purpose flour and all of the bread flour. Increase speed to medium and add butter. Continue to "knead" dough with the mixer until well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
  4. Scrape dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding remaining all-purpose flour 1/3 c. at a time, as needed, to keep hands from sticking. Dough will be very soft.
  5. Shape dough into a ball and place in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until it has doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hrs.
  6. Punch dough down, cover again, and let rest an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Use a 9x5" silicone bread loaf pan or line the bottom of a regular 9x5" pan with parchment paper & coat the sides with cooking spray.
  8. Filling:
  9. Combine sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl. Carefully stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Fold in chocolate chips.
  10. Turn dough out on a floured surface and roll into a 16-inch square. Leaving a 1-inch border around the edges, sprinkle the filling evenly on the dough. Do not worry about the chocolate chips being equally distributed - it is almost better if they aren't.
  11. Starting at one end, carefully but tightly roll the dough into a log, pinching the seams and sealing the end with your fingers.
  12. Carefully twist the dough about 4 times, as if wringing a towel, and fit it into prepared pan. Cover and let rise until doubled again, about 45 minutes.
  13. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  14. Streusel:
  15. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and flour. Using a fork, cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  16. Sprinkle evenly over dough.
  17. Bake:
  18. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
  19. Allow to cool on a wire rack, in the pan, for 10 minutes.
  20. Carefully remove bread from pan and place it back on the wire rack to cool completely.
  21. Slice and enjoy.
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{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Ginger August 19, 2013, 9:27 pm

    It not only looked good, but it tasted delicious!!! Our guests raved over it and there is nothing left of it! Love this recipe!!

  • Tamona Valentine August 9, 2013, 2:43 pm

    Love love love this recipe. I will be testing this one out in my bread machine ASAP! Great job Ms. Lovely lol!

  • Courtney Solstad August 9, 2013, 8:35 am

    This looks so yummy!

  • Renae August 9, 2013, 8:14 am

    Yummy! So excited to see you back in the blogging world! This bread looks soooo good! Bread is not something I have mastered; I think I need lessons from you!

    • Alecia Stanley August 9, 2013, 8:40 am

      Renae – I would LOVE to give you lessons! Maybe at our next BlogHer trip – think we could find a cheap room w/ an oven?! LOL

  • Carol August 8, 2013, 11:57 pm

    This looks awesome!!! I will be there to taste some this weekend. 🙂

  • Ginger August 8, 2013, 8:45 pm

    That looks soooo good! I can’t wait to get into the kitchen to try it out! Thanks!

  • Dian August 8, 2013, 7:31 pm

    That looks great Alecia!

  • Karen August 8, 2013, 11:20 pm

    Karen + Chocolate = love! Looks delicious!

  • Ann August 8, 2013, 11:15 pm

    Looks delicious, Alecia!

  • Kelly @ Kansas City Mamas August 8, 2013, 11:06 pm

    So stinkin’ excited to see your food blog. Can’t wait for the next recipe.

  • Alli August 8, 2013, 10:53 pm

    Mmmm… that looks so good! Now I want to visit even more!

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