Total TimePrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + cooling
Makes2 loaves (16 slices each)
- 4-1/4 to 4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2-1/2 teaspoons quick-rise yeast
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, room temperature, beaten
- 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 5 ounces dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/3 cup baking cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- In a large bowl, mix 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. In a small saucepan, heat water to 120°-130°; stir into dry ingredients. Stir in eggs and yolk, orange zest and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
- Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
- Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each half into a 12x10-in. rectangle. For filling, in a microwave, melt butter and chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners' sugar, cocoa and salt. Spread filling to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam and ends to seal.
- Using a sharp knife, cut each roll lengthwise in half; carefully turn each half cut side up. Loosely twist strips around each other, keeping cut surfaces facing up; pinch ends together to seal. Place in 2 greased 9x5-in. loaf pans, cut side up. Cover with kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 375°. Bake until golden brown, 35-45 minutes, tenting with foil halfway through. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Brush over warm babka. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts1 slice: 181 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Jan 30, 2020
This was a fun recipe to make, even though I didn't have a mixer. It was very pretty and tasted amazing! My Polish neighbor made it more like a coffee cake, but my Jewish friend makes dozens of variations of the twisted loaves, but generally chocolate and cinnamon. I think I might have to make it again tomorrow!
Jan 27, 2020
Looks like the way she makes it in the video is different from the written instructions e.g. the filling is made in a saucepan in the video but the written recipe mentions a microwave. Why make a video tht is different from the written recipe?
Jan 26, 2020
This is good, but it is NOT babka. Babka is cinnamon, raisins (optional), crumbs in a coffee cake yeast dough. This sounds more like a chocolate brioche, and is definitely not authentic. Please post a recipe for real babka!
Jan 26, 2020
Looks pretty straight forward, I'm going to attempt this next weekend.
Jan 14, 2020
While the recipe seems a little intimidating, it is worth the effort! Loved the flavors and the rich swirl! Will definitely make again!
Dec 30, 2019
great turned out well will make again
Dec 29, 2019
First time using yeast and this came out perfect. Everyone loved it.