Sunday, December 16, 2018

Chocolate babka...

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.

Chocolate Babka

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
2 eggs
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?


  1. This looks delicious! It's definitely not a good time of year to try eliminating breads from my diet! :) Yummmmm!

  2. Ohhhh! I really want that! It looks SO yummy. I'm definitely going to have to make it. Thanks for the inspiration, Bonnie!

  3. Oh my gosh, I will have to make this. That looks so yummy. I am glad you said you would leave off the orange. I like that when people say that about a recipe.
    It looks like a have to make. Tomorrow is my baking day, I think I am going to try it. Yes, that bread thing is always a plus. I love baking bread. Have a lovely week.

  4. Used to love to make cinnamon rolls for Christmas. No more of that now. Merry Christmas!


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