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Chocolate Babka

I wouldn’t know what Chocolate Babka was if i didn’t watch Seinfeld , there was one episode where Elaine and Jerry wanted to get chocolate babka , but it was too late , someone else already got it . Since then i always wondered how chocolate babka tastes like . Then i bought Martha Stewart’s baking handbook which has recipe for chocolate babka , except it was intended for 3 loaves of babkas , heck what am i going to do with 3 loaves of chocolate babkas ?? LOL ..

I had another bread book , artisan bread , and it has the recipe for chocolate babka also . I got this book few months ago , never tried a single recipe from there yet , except last night i read through it , and this morning too , after reading some of them , i was tempted to make chocolate babka . And the recipe was only making 1 loaf , just what i needed !! Anyway it wasn’t hard to make at all , especially with the kitchen aid dough hook , it helps , and the dough was ready within minutes . The only thing with this was .. the waiting period of letting the dough to rise . It took 2  hours to let the dough rise for the first time , and then rolling it out , put the filling in and shaping it , and letting it rise for the 2nd time , another 2.5-3 hours . So it was total of 5.5 hours of waiting !!! And almost an hour to bake the bread . The result was a very rich delicious bread !! If you’re a chocolate lover , i think you would love this !!

Here is what you need for the DOUGH :

2 tbsp. active dry yeast

3/4 cup of warm milk ( about 95 F )

* Mix this together , dissolve the yeast in the warm milk , let it sit for 5 minutes , while you prepare the other step .

1/4 cup of unsalted butter , room temperature

6 Tbsp. of sugar

*Cream this together in a mixer with paddle attachment with medium speed for 2 minutes .

4 egg yolks

1 tbsp. of vegetable oil

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

*Beat this together , and then add the mixture into the butter mixture in 4 different portions . Beat well after each additions . Scrape down each time too .

1 tsp. salt

3 1/3 cup of flour

* Add the flour into the butter – egg mixture all at once , and add the milk – yeast mixture into egg=butter mixture . Beat with low speed using paddle attachment , if it’s getting too hard for the paddle , switch to the dough hook . keep beating about 2-3 minutes . Remove from the bowl , knead by hand for 2 more minutes on the lightly floured surface

.Grease a bowl , shape the dough into ball , put the dough in the bowl , cover with plastic , let it sit in room temperature for 2 hours . It should double in size like this

Take the dough out from the bowl , roll the dough into 15×15 square , about 1/4-1/8 inch thickness .

Add the fillings :

9 oz of semi sweet chocolate chip

1/4 cup of cold unsalted butter , cut into chunks

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

In a food processor , chop the chocolate chip really good until it’s almost turn to powder , add cinnamon , then add the cut up cold butter , and pulse few times until it’s mixes well . Sprinkle this filling on the roll out dough . Like this :

Roll the dough into jelly roll style , seam side down , and then roll back and forth until it lengthen to 18-24 inches .

After that , on both ends , twist the dough carefully not to tear it , keep twisting gently , like this

Once you’re done twisting it , coil the dough like a snail

Then turn it up right with seam side down

Press down gently

Grease a loaf pan 5×9 line with parchment paper , put the dough in there , cover with plastic , let it rise 2 more hours .

After 2 hours , your dough should be rising like this :

Take the plastic out , preheat your oven to 350 F , bake babka for 25 minutes , and then rotate , bake for another 25 minutes , or until the side is golden brown . The top should be rich brown color too , if gets too burn looking, tent with foil . Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing them .




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