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Chocolate Babka – Sugar Spun Run

With a young, completely dense, and chocolate swirled crumb, this chocolate babka is bakery worthy. Learn to make it in your individual kitchen with my easy-to-follow recipe! Recipe features a how-to video!

Overhead view of a loaf of chocolate babka in a pan.

Chocolate Babka: The Superior Babka

For those who’ve ever seen the favored Seinfeld episode that includes chocolate babka, that nothing (not even cinnamon babka!) tops this coveted, chocolate rippled deal with. Candy, tender and completely enriched with eggs, sugar, and butter, this bread is price all of the hype–it’s utterly irresistible!

Not like Jerry and Elaine although, you don’t have to face in a protracted bakery line to your chocolate babka. You may make it proper in your individual kitchen 🎉

Babka is sort of a stunning hybrid between cake and bread. It’s fairly completely different from most yeast breads, with a young, dense, and cakey texture moderately than a lightweight and ethereal, open crumb. Then again, it’s additionally extra dense than a conventional cake. So it’s actually a pleasant combine between the 2.

Loaf of chocolate babka that's been sliced to show the chocolate swirls.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Spectacular, bakery-style look and style that anybody can obtain at residence.
  • No fancy elements; we’re preserving issues easy, you don’t even want bread flour for this recipe.
  • Contains step-by-step photographs and directions, plus a how-to video. Even should you’re a newbie, you’ve obtained this!
  • You possibly can make it by hand or with a stand mixer and a dough hook. I personally choose utilizing a stand mixer although, as this enables for a sticker dough and extra tender chocolate babka.


As with most enriched breads (like my candy bread and cinnamon rolls), there are fairly a number of elements wanted to make this chocolate babka.

Overhead view of labelled ingredients including yeast, chocolate, cocoa powder, and more.
  • Flour. Just like lots of my yeast recipes, this recipe lists a variety of flour as an alternative of a set quantity. It’s because your kitchen, the climate, and so many different components will have an effect on how a lot flour you will in the end want so as to add. You’ll know your dough has sufficient flour when it’s nonetheless sticky, however begins to tug away from the edges of the bowl. Watch my video beneath for visible cues on this.
  • Immediate yeast. I attempted this chocolate babka recipe with each instantaneous and lively dry yeast, and I most popular instantaneous. Be aware that 1 ¼ teaspoon is lower than a full packet, so don’t simply dump in the entire packet!
  • Egg + egg yolk. Two complete eggs and an additional egg yolk enrich our dough and make it tender and moist. For those who don’t need to waste your additional egg white, use it for candied pecans.
  • Milk. I choose complete milk and suggest you utilize the identical should you can, although any milk technically will work right here. Be certain that your milk is between 100-105F–if it’s too scorching, it is going to kill your yeast!
  • Chocolate. Some individuals like to make use of Nutella for his or her chocolate babka filling (jogs my memory of my Nutella stuffed cookies!), however I’m utilizing a extra conventional do-it-yourself chocolate filling. You’ll want a chopped chocolate bar for this; I choose 60% cacao, however you might additionally use semisweet chocolate.

SAM’S TIP: A teaspoon of cinnamon within the filling could be scrumptious, should you like chocolate and cinnamon collectively (additionally take a look at my chocolate rolls!).

That is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the publish!

Make Chocolate Babka

Prep the Dough

Four photos showing dough being formed and kneaded.
  1. Whisk the dry elements and a pair of ½ cups of the flour in a bowl, then stir within the eggs, milk, and vanilla till mixed.
  2. Add the butter, working with 1 tablespoon at a time. Combine till every addition is totally integrated into the dough earlier than including the subsequent.
  3. Step by step add extra flour till the dough begins pulling away from the bowl and clinging to itself.
  4. Knead the dough till clean, elastic, and cohesive (about 10-Quarter-hour by hand or 5-10 minutes in a stand mixer), then switch to a big oiled bowl, cowl, and let rise in a heat place. As soon as the dough has puffed and elevated in measurement (it won’t double in measurement like many different yeast breads do), place it within the fridge in a single day.


Four photos showing a chocolate filling being prepared, spread onto dough, and rolled into a log before slicing in half.
  1. Make the filling by heating the chocolate, butter, and cream within the microwave till melted and clean, then stir within the cocoa powder. Add the remaining elements, stir till clean, then put aside.
  2. Kind the dough into an 18×12″ rectangle and unfold the chocolate filling evenly over the floor. Be certain that to depart a ½” edge across the perimeter the place there isn’t a filling.
  3. Roll the dough right into a log, beginning with the shorter finish and pinching the seam on the finish. Chances are you’ll must squish the ends as you roll so that they don’t get too lengthy.
  4. Reduce the log lengthwise down the middle (observe I rotated the dough after rolling it within the photographs above!), then place the 2 halves subsequent to one another with the lower sides dealing with up.


Four photos showing chocolate babka being twisted, placed in a pan, baked, and brushed with simple syrup.
  1. Twist the logs round every different 4-5 occasions. I do that by beginning within the center and twisting on the underside twice, then twisting the highest twice.
  2. Switch your dough to a bread pan and canopy loosely with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise till puffy once more. As soon as puffed, take away the plastic wrap.
  3. Bake for half-hour, then tent with foil and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes. Tenting retains our bread from getting too darkish. Whereas your chocolate babka bakes, prep the straightforward syrup.
  4. Brush the highest of the bread with easy syrup instantly after baking and let cool for not less than half-hour earlier than eradicating from the pan. It’ll look like lots of syrup, nevertheless it’s key for the right taste and moisture.

SAM’S TIP: Don’t switch the chocolate babka out of the pan straight away or it might disintegrate. Give it about half-hour, then take away. You don’t need to lower into it straight away both; it’s greatest to let it cool utterly should you can. I’ll admit, it tastes greatest when it’s nonetheless just a bit heat from the oven although 😉

Swirled chocolate bread loaf on a wood cutting board.

Continuously Requested Questions

How ought to chocolate babka be saved?

Retailer your babka at room temperature in an hermetic container. The longer the bread sits, the dryer and tougher it is going to get, so get pleasure from it inside the first 1-2 days of getting ready for the very best taste and texture. If you wish to try to soften up your chocolate babka, you possibly can pop it within the microwave.

Is chocolate babka Jewish?

Sure, much like rugelach and hamantaschen, babka has Jewish origins. The model of chocolate babka everyone knows and love at present is kind of completely different from the unique Jewish creation although; you possibly can learn extra concerning the historical past of babka right here.

Can I freeze chocolate babka?

Sure! Chocolate babka freezes effectively; simply be sure to wrap it tightly in plastic beforehand. I present detailed freezing and thawing directions within the recipe notes beneath.

Overhead view of sliced of swirled chocolate bread on a plate with the remaining loaf beside it.

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Overhead view of a loaf of chocolate babka in a pan.

Chocolate Babka

With a young, completely dense, and chocolate swirled crumb, this chocolate babka is bakery worthy. Learn to make it in your individual kitchen with my easy-to-follow recipe! Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: Breakfast, Dessert

Delicacies: American, European

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 1 hour

Rising Time: 18 hours

Whole Time: 19 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 12 slices

Energy: 313kcal

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  • In a big mixing bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer), whisk collectively 2 ½ cup (312g) flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.

    3 -3 ½ cups (375-438 g) all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup (66 g) granulated sugar, 1 ¼ teaspoon instantaneous yeast, ¾ teaspoon salt

  • Add flippantly crushed eggs, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla extract and stir till dough is mixed.

    2 eggs + 1 egg yolk, ½ cup (118 ml) milk, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Add butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time, stirring till butter is totally integrated earlier than including the subsequent, and proceed mixing till all butter is totally mixed.

    ⅓ cup (75 g) unsalted butter

  • Step by step add remaining flour, a number of tablespoons at a time, till dough begins clinging to itself and pulling away from the aspect of the bowl when stirring.

  • Switch dough to a flippantly floured floor and knead by hand (about 10-Quarter-hour), or use the dough hook attachment in your stand mixer (about 5-10 minutes) till dough is cohesive, clean and elastic. Dough will likely be sticky however shouldn’t persist with your palms. Chances are you’ll want so as to add extra flour throughout this course of, particularly if kneading by hand, that is tremendous.

  • Switch to a big oiled bowl, cowl with plastic wrap and set in a heat spot to rise till puffed (it is going to improve in measurement by about 25%, it is going to not double as many bread doughs do!), about 1-2 hours.

  • As soon as dough has puffed, switch to the fridge and let it relaxation in a single day (for not less than 12 and as much as 24 hours).

Put together the filling

  • The following day, earlier than eradicating the dough from the fridge, flippantly grease a 9×5” (23x13cm) bread pan with butter and put together the filling.

  • In a medium sized, microwave-safe bowl, mix chopped chocolate, butter, and cream. Warmth within the microwave for 25 seconds, stir effectively, and repeat till combination is clean.

    8 oz (227 g) 60% chocolate bar, ⅓ cup (75 g) unsalted butter, ¼ cup (60 ml) heavy cream

  • Add cocoa powder to combination and stir till clean and mixed.

    2 Tablespoons pure cocoa powder

  • Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and whisk collectively till utterly mixed and clean. Put aside whilst you roll out your dough.

    ½ cup (65 g) powdered sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Take away dough from fridge and prove onto a clear, flippantly floured floor. Use a rolling pin to roll dough into an 18×12” (46x30cm) rectangle.

  • Unfold chocolate filling evenly over the dough, leaving a ½ inch (1.5cm) perimeter.

  • Beginning at a shorter (12”) finish, roll dough into a decent log, pinching the seam on the finish. As you roll you could want to softly squish within the ends so it doesn’t grow to be too lengthy. it is going to

  • Use a pointy knife to chop the log in half lengthwise.

  • With the cut-sides dealing with up, place the 2 halves beside one another and twist them round each other 4-5 occasions. It helps to start out within the center and make two twists down after which, from the center, two twists up.

  • Fastidiously switch to your ready bread pan (you could want to softly squish the dough from every finish to suit).

  • Cowl the bread pan loosely with plastic wrap and let rise till puffy, about 30-60 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350F (175C).


  • As soon as dough is completed rising, switch to heart rack of 350F (175C) preheated oven and bake for half-hour. On the 30 minute mark, tent the bread with foil (to stop over-browning), and return to 350F (175C) oven to bake for an additional 30-35 minutes. When temped with an instantaneous learn thermometer, the middle of the bread must be between 185F-190F (85-88C) when completed.

Easy syrup

  • A number of minutes earlier than bread is completed baking (or instantly after baking), put together your easy syrup. In a small saucepan over low warmth, stir collectively sugar and water till sugar is dissolved. Instantly after the bread finishes baking, use a pastry brush and brush the entire syrup evenly excessive of the bread.

    ⅓ cup (66 g) granulated sugar, ¼ cup (60 ml) water

  • Enable bread to chill in its pan for not less than half-hour earlier than eradicating to a cooling rack the place it ought to cool for an additional hour earlier than having fun with (the hotter the bread is whenever you lower into it, the extra fragile will probably be).


Stand mixer

In case you have one, I like to recommend utilizing a stand mixer moderately than making this recipe by hand. It’s doable by hand, and I display this within the recipe, however by making it within the mixer you will get away with including much less flour and having a stickier dough, which truly makes for an excellent softer, extra tender babka.

Meeting notes

The babka must be chilly whenever you roll it out, it’s a lot simpler to deal with this fashion. As you roll up and lower the babka, you could discover the chocolate solidifying, that is completely tremendous and regular.


Retailer babka in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 3 days. The brisker it’s, the higher and softer it tastes!


Wrap tightly in plastic wrap then wrap in foil and freeze for as much as 3 months. To thaw, it’s greatest to thaw (nonetheless wrapped) in a single day within the fridge then convey to room temperature.


Serving: 1slice | Energy: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fats: 21g | Saturated Fats: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 1g | Monounsaturated Fats: 6g | Trans Fats: 0.4g | Ldl cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 444IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

Dietary info is predicated on third-party calculations and must be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will fluctuate primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.



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