After a long long wait, I finally got around to making a Chocolate Babka! This rich, moist, soft brioche kind of bread with decadent chocolate swirls is a labour of love. And we just can’t get enough of it!
The recipe for this Chocolate Babka is from the famous Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem Cookbook. His glossy chocolate Krantz cakes are a delight to look at and there is nobody I know who would not want to reach out and greedily devour them! One look at them, and I knew I just wanted to make them right away.
This takes time, yes, but all good things take time. Don’t they? The end result is incredible and worth all the effort. My only problem was that I cut the recipe in half and made just one loaf..and in that process, used little less chocolate than I would have. The minute I sliced this, I knew I should’ve doubled the recipe and made four loaves instead! It is that good!! Don’t skimp on the sugar syrup right at the end too..even if you think it will be too much sugar..because it’s perfectly sweetened and so deeply flavoured.
Though this recipe requires the dough to rest overnight, I do plan to try making it in all one day, in my next outing. I have a feeling it will still be a winner. Buttery, chocolatey, absolutely scrumptious treat, you just can’t go wrong with. I hope you’ll give this ravishing Chocolate Babka a go. I’d love to hear from you! Please tag me on Instagram @tashasartisanfoods, using the hashtag #tashasartisanfoods. You can also FOLLOW ME on INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST for more fabulous recipes!
150gmsButter, cut into small cubes and softenedThe recipe asks for unsalted, but I used salted butter
Vegetable oil for greasing the bowl
130gmsDark chocolate 70%, melted
120gmsButter, meltedThe recipe asks for unsalted, but I used salted butter
Place the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl. Stir it all well. Add the eggs and water and mix it all well till the dough starts coming together. A stand mixer works the best for this recipe, though you can do this dough by hand too.
Now start adding the softened cubes of butter, a few at a time. Continue mixing till the dough is shiny, smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in a big bowl, greased with the vegetable oil, cover tightly with plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge overnight.
Mix together the melted chocolate, butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator, divide into 2. Roll each half into a rectangle 14'* 11* roughly. Spread the chocolate filling evenly on both the rectangles, leaving 2 cms border all around. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts.
Roll the dough tightly into a log, starting from the long side.
Cut the log lengthwise into 2.
With cut side facing up, pinch the ends of both sides together.
Start with the right side dough, take it over the left side dough, continue down the length, making a braid. Gently tuck in both the ends under themselves. Repeat with the second rectangle.
Line 2 8"* 4" loaf pans with parchment paper. Place the 2 braids carefully with the cut sides showing on top. Cover the pans with damp tea towels and keep in a draft free area for 1.5 - 2 hours.
Preheat your oven to 190C. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Bring the sugar and water to a boil. Take it off the heat and allow it to cool.
As soon as the breads come out of the oven, brush each loaf liberally with the sugar syrup. Leave the breads in the pan till they are just warm. Take them out on a cooling rack to cool completely. We preferred to tear into the loaf while it was still warm! Enjoy!
If you want to cut down on some of the effort, you can use Nutella for filling.