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Chocolate Babka

Better chocolate babka adapted from the chocolate krantz cakes in jerusalem.

Chocolate babka. Baking a chocolate babka is no casual undertaking. Babka is a sweet buttery yeast bread. This recipe makes approximately 3 babkas in 9 loaf pans. A cookbook by yotam ottolenghi and sami tamimi.

A classic sweet bread its usually shaped in a twist and topped with streusel. But i have to admit i just cant get super excited by the results. So each time ive made this its been kind of a mess. A traditional babka cake is a good recipe for special occasions.

Usually a babka has swirls of chocolate running throughout but another popular flavor is cinnamon. This babka is the one that consistently generates rave reviews from all of our family for its irresistible combination of rich chocolate and other indulgent flavors and i love that we can honor my mom this mothers day by sharing her original recipe with you. Chocolate babka seems to be having a real moment right now so i hopped on the bandwagon myself and have been experimenting with different recipes. A babka is a sweet braided bread or cake which originated in the jewish communities of poland and ukraine.

Those swirls pull apart into delectable irresistible layers. The chocolate babka recipe did look a bit intimidating at first however tasted great. It is popular in israel and in the jewish diasporait is prepared with a yeast leavened dough that is rolled out and spread with a filling such as chocolate cinnamon fruit or cheese then rolled up and braided before baking. This chocolate babka recipe has a rich chocolate filling and is always homey warm and comforting.

Version yet their baking book recipes have been awesome thus far. To those who consider chocolate non traditional i would love to try their real recipe. Not quite as sweet as a cake but definitely leaning towards dessert babka combines my two favorite food groups. Ill give it a whirl but.

This overstuffed yeast loaf filled with two kinds of chocolate nuts and cinnamon is based on a traditional eastern european bread. But the results are worth every sugarcoated second with a moist deeply flavored brioche like cake wrapped around a dark fudge filling then topped with cocoa streusel crumbs. It never looks like the pictures in the books or the pretties ive seen onlineand each time its come out of the oven and been brushed with that sugar syrup it looks like i meant to do whatever i did. Thats what cooks do try different and usually amazing combinations.

Just wanted to say that there are many different fillings that can be used. Babka is a perennial best seller at jewish bakeries in many major north american cities.