Hello! Its a gorgeous Sunday morning here in St Simons Island. Kory and I took the chance at the long weekend (presidents day is tomorrow — just FYI) to visit his parents at their cozy condo in SSI. So far we’ve eaten a lot of seafood and this morning we had a great breakfast at a place called Palmer’s Village Cafe. Super cute — if you’re planning to travel to the area I’d highly recommend stopping in!
Anyway, lets get to why I’m really writing this post. I made this bread a few weeks ago and it got rave reviews. If you’re looking for something that takes a while but comes out delicious and makes more than enough for your family and friends than this is the baked good for you!
Chocolate Babka is a sweet egg bread that is stuffed with chocolate — in this case Nutella. Topped with a chocolate cookie crumble it will satisfy any sweet tooth! You could start this bread tonight & finish it off tomorrow morning, if you’re like me and have a long weekend. If not, you could finish this bread today (though it won’t be as intense in flavor) and have it ready for breakfast tomorrow.
Here’s what you’ll need:
For the bread:
- 4 Cups All purpose Flour
- 1/3 Cup Sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Packet active dry yeast
- 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
- 10 Tbls (1 stick + 2 Tbls) unsalted butter
- 1 Cup Milk
1 large jar of Nutella
- 3-4 chocolate graham cracker cookie sheets, crumbled
- 1 Cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
- 4 Tbls unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 2 Tbls sugar
- 2 Tbls Cocoa Powder
In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine flour, cinnamon, sugar & salt. Meanwhile, heat milk in a microwave safe bowl until luke warm. Add yeast packet to warm milk & set off to the side.
When the yeast/milk mixture is bubbly, add to the flour mixture along with the egg & egg yolk and mix with the dough hook attachment on low speed until a loose dough forms. Increase the speed & add the butter 1 tbls at a time, waiting until the butter is incorporated before adding more. This will take a bit of time, but your patience will be rewarded. Mix at low speed until the dough is tacky but smooth.
Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel & allow to rise 1 hour in a warm location.
Once dough has risen, punch down the dough, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (in a pinch, you can allow it to rise in a warm location for 4 hours, but the flavor won’t be as developed).
For the crumble, combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Can be made 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container.
The next morning, turn out dough on to a work surface and divide in half. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 9×17 inch rectangle.
Spread with half the jar of Nutella, no need to leave a border. Roll the dough into a long log, starting on the long side of the dough. Wrap in plastic wrap & place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. (You can prepare the other loaf during this time).
Remove chilled dough from the freezer & slice the roll in half length wise. Twist the halves together and place in a greased & parchment lined loaf pan. Repeat with the other loaf.
Cover and let rise in a warm location for 1 to 1.5 hours or until puffed (I usually place them in a cold oven with the light on, just remember to remove them before preheating) — it won’t quite double.
Preheat your oven to 350F during this time, and when the dough has risen, sprinkle the prepared crumble on the top.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the loaf is firm and a tester comes out clean. The internal temp will read between 185F & 210F.
Untold the cakes, using the parchment paper & allow to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.
To store: wrap loaves in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Bring back to room temp before serving.
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