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This classic twisted chocolate babka is made of soft buttery brioche dough and a fudgy chocolate filling, fluffy, chocolatey and delicious!

Babka!! A delicious East European brioche cake dessert with such a fancy and gorgeous twirled look. It is so versatile as the filling recipes are endless and even sweet or savory.

This recipe is for two babka loaves baked in two 9-inch (23 cm) loaf pans.

Babka may look difficult or delicate to make, it is a bit delicate but not that hard to make! It only takes time, you can’t expect to make a babka and eat it 2 hours later.

To make babka, you need first to make a buttery brioche dough. Brioche dough is best made in the afternoon or evening and chilled overnight, the chilling will help working with it easily. If you are in a hurry, you might make the dough in the morning and chill it at least 4 to 5 hours.

Then the brioche dough is halved, each halve is rolled into a large square, spread with the filling and rolled in a log, it is better to chill each log 15 to 20 minutes. Then the logs are split in the length, twirled, arranged into a loaf pan and proofed again until doubled in size, then they’re finally ready for baking.

How to proceed:

  • Make the brioche dough, form a ball, proof it until doubled in volume into a large bowl, deflate it delicately, form a ball again and chill overnight
  • On the following day, make the chocolate filling, let cool
  • Divide the dough, chill one half dough, roll 1 half dough in a square about 1/4-inch-thick and about 12- by 12-inch (30 cm x 30 cm) large
  • Spread the chocolate filling evenly all over the surface and roll the dough out into a tight even log, straighten it out and push the edges in, wrap the log with plastic wrap and chill about 15 to 20 minutes, chilling the log will help slicing it without stretching the dough
  • Slice the log lengthwise and twist the two halves together, I only make two twists, pinch the extremities and push them under the twisted log
  • Place the twisted log into a well buttered loaf pan, push the extremities in, don’t worry if the twisted log is a bit “twisted”, it will fit while proofing
  • Proceed the same with the other half of dough
  • Cover the loaf pans with a lint free towel, proof 1 hour or until doubled in size
  • Pre-heat your oven at 325°F (160°C), bake for 30 to 33 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Immediately brush the babkas with all the syrup
  • As soon as the syrup is absorbed, remove the babkas from the loaf pans and let cool on a cooling rack, if needed run an offset spatula along the sides of the molds

One possible mishap: If you don’t roll your log tightly and evenly, it may rise evenly while baking, then deflate in some parts while cooling!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you do, please leave me a comment and let me know how it went!

  • 10 servings
  • Easy
  • 1 h 30 without chilling times

Recipe :

Ingredients:

Brioche dough for 2 babkas:

3 3/4 cups + 1 tbsp. (500g) all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. (14 g.) active dry yeast

1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

1 1/2 tsp (10 g.) salt

4 eggs

2 sticks (226 g.) butter, cubed, room temperature

Chocolate fudge filling:

6.5 oz (180 g.) dark chocolate

1/2 cup (120 g.) unsalted butter

3/4 cup (105 g.) powdered sugar, sifted

1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. (42 g.) cocoa powder, sifted

small pinch of salt

Syrup:

1/3 cup (80 ml) water

1/3 cup (70 g.) sugar

Utensils:

2 x 9-inch (23 cm) loaf pans

Make the brioche dough:

Warm the milk to a little over lukewarm, add the active dry yeast and 1 tsp of sugar, stir and set aside until frothy

Into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the flour, salt, eggs and yeast mixture, knead at low speed, once the dough comes together, increase the speed to medium and knead for 12 to 15 minutes scraping the bowl as needed until the dough forms, it should be firm and not very stretchy

Continue kneading on medium/low speed and start adding the butter in 3 additions, scrape down the sides of bowl as needed, wait for the butter to be incorporated before the next addition

Once all the butter is incorporated, set the speed on medium and knead 5 more minutes, the dough should be smooth and no longer sticky, Form the dough into a ball and transfer it into a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size

Deflate the dough, again form a ball, cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight

Make the chocolate filling:

The next day, remove the dough from the fridge, halve it, keep one half and set the other half well wrapped back into the fridge

Into a medium pan, on medium/low heat, melt the butter and dark chocolate until liquid, remove from the heat, add the powdered sugar, salt and cocoa powder, incorporate with a spatula, set aside to cool

Assembly:

With a rolling pin, roll out the dough in a square about 1/4-inch-thick and about 12- by 12-inches large (30 cm x 30 cm)

Spread half of the chocolate filling evenly all over the surface and roll the dough out into a tight even log, straighten it out and push the edges in, wrap the log with plastic wrap and chill about 15 to 20 minutes, chilling the log will help slicing it without stretching the dough

Slice the log lengthwise and twist the two halves together, I only make two twists, pinch the extremities and push them under the twisted log

Place the twisted log into a well buttered loaf pan, push the extremities in, don’t worry if the twisted log is a bit “twisted”, it will fit while proofing, cover the loaf pan with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in side

Proceed the same with the other half of dough

Pre-heat your oven at 325°F (160°C), bake for 30 to 33 minute or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean of dough bits

Make the syrup:

Meanwhile, into a small pan, add the water and sugar, bring to boil, boil for one minute, set aside

As soon as the babkas are out of the oven, brush them with all the syrup

Once all the syrup has been absorbed, remove the babkas from the molds, if needed slide an offset spatula around all sides, and set them to cool on a cooling rack

Enjoy with a good cup of coffee or tea, you deserve it!

Enjoy!

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