Chocolate Babka


Who has 5 hours to spare–this took a while but I must say, we enjoyed this bread/dessert  for days.  I snacked on it and ate it for breakfast.  It was also delicious with a piece of sharp cheese melted.  Oh my taste buds were excited!!

You have to really want the babka for the time investment, but you can double the recipe to get an extra loaf to freeze and enjoy later.  Note that with the exception of the chocolate, most people have the balance of the ingredients in their kitchen even if they bake occasionally. (see below)


Dough Ingredients

  • 1 packet active dry yeast, or 2 1/4 tsp
  • 2/3 cup whole milk, warmed to 110 degrees F, plus 1 additional tbsp for egg wash
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flavorless cooking oil, I used grapeseed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks, reserve 1 egg white for egg wash
  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Chocolate Filling Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely chopped, good quality dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cold

Streusel Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

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Happy Baking!

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