Babka is back and better than ever. Seriously, babka has become the dessert du jour for Jews and non-Jews alike in America and we want you to be able to make this beloved sweet treat at home.
This isn’t just any ordinary chocolate babka–not that there’s anything wrong with that. Here are four different ways to make delicious, decadent babka.
For the dough:
4 ½ cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
½ cup lukewarm water
¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
½ cup milk or almond milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
For the fillings:
Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
Peanut butter and jelly of your choice
8 oz softened cream cheese + 1/4 cup confectioners sugar + 1/2 cup crushed oreo cookies
1 cup brown sugar + 1 Tbsp cinnamon + 2 Tbsp melted butter or margarine
For the syrup:
2/3 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
- Place yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Add lukewarm water and set aside until foamy, around 5-10 minutes.
- In a stand mixer fitted with dough hook, mix together flour, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix together melted butter (or margarine) and milk (or almond milk).
- Put mixer on low and begin adding the water yeast mixture, then the butter-milk mixture. Add the eggs one at a time.
- When the dough begins to come together, after about 3-5 minutes, raise the speed to high and mix for another 5-10 minutes until the dough is shiny and elastic.
- Place dough in a greased bowl with a damp towel on top. Allow to rise until it has doubled, about 1-2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut dough into three equal parts. Roll out dough until it is a rectangular-like shape. Spread with filling of your choice. Working from the longest side, roll up dough using quick fingers, like you would in order to make cinnamon rolls.
- Once the dough is a long log, cut it straight down the middle so the filling is exposed. Secure the ends on one side, and twist both the pieces . Pinch and secure at the other end.
- Place in a greased loaf pan.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
- While the babka is baking, combine 2/3 cup water, 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat and swirl around to ensure all the sugar is dissolved.
- About 20-25 minutes into baking, spoon about half the syrup onto the baking babkas.
- When you take the babkas out of the oven after they have baked completely, immediately drizzle or brush the remaining syrup on top of all three babkas. It may seem like a lot of syrup, but this ensures a moist and gooey babka.