I was wandering through Pinterest when what to my wondering eyes did appear but a recipe for chocolate babka. What could be better than bread and chocolate? Two of my favorite things.
1 c. Flour
2 1/2 t. Instant yeast
1 c. Hot water
Combine and let rise 45 minutes. Then add:
1 T. Salt
1/4 c. Honey
1/2 c. Safflower, canola, grapeseed, or other neutral oil
Zest of one orange
2 t. Vanilla extract
3 1/2 - 4 c. Flour
Knead for a few minutes, until dough is smooth. Let rise 1-2 hours. Meanwhile, make the filling:
1/2 c. Butter
3/4 c. Dark chocolate chips
1/2 c. Powdered sugar
1/3 c. Cocoa
Knead dough and divide in half. Roll into rectangles and spread the chocolate filling on top. Roll into a tight coil and then cut the coil in half lengthwise. Then cut widthwise the length of a breadpan. Very confusing. Twist the two half coils and let rise until it fills the breadpan. Then bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. You may need to cover the top with tinfoil. The original recipe says to boil a syrup of 1/3 c. Orange juice and 6 T. Sugar. Brush it over the loaves. Personally, I wish I had left that part out. Still I found the bread to be decadent.
You can find the recipe at: Popsugar by Alexandra Stafford. Her instructions are probably better than mine.
It is the perfect bread for the holidays. It must be, as I see Kim at Farm Girl was also thinking bread and chocolate together.
My husband told me I need to change the name of my blog to:
Birds, bees, berries, blooms and breads. Maybe.
What is your go to holiday bread?