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Chocolate babka

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

Chocolate babka


Babka is a sweet bread of Eastern European or Jewish origin that is made during Easter. Its name means “grandmother” since the folds of dough in the babka are reminiscent of the long skirts grandmothers used to wear. Babka also contains a filling made of fruit and cinnamon. The chocolate was added to the sweet when it made its way across the Atlantic along with the European settlers.

  • Place the flour in a bowl and put it in the freezer for 45 minutes. The flour needs to be cold.
  • Beat the butter in a mixer on medium speed with the paddle attachment until it is soft and fluffy. Transfer to a bowl lined with parchment paper and refrigerate until needed. This is done because you want the butter to be fluffy and cold.
  • Clean the mixer’s bowl and dry thoroughly. Add the yeast, 1 teaspoon of sugar and water. Beat with the hook attachment on high speed for 2 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the sugar along with the eggs, yogurt, salt and the flour from the freezer. Beat for 3-4 minutes on low speed until all of the ingredients are combined.
  • Every so often, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Turn up the mixer’s speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes. The dough should be soft, wet and sticky but very elastic and should pull back from the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the fluffy, cold butter from the refrigerator (cut into pieces) and beat for 3-5 minutes, until the dough absorbs the butter and starts to form elastic strings. If the butter sticks to the sides of the bowl, scrape down with a spatula.
  • Once the butter is incorporated, transfer dough to a bowl lightly greased with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to rise for 1-2 hours, until it doubles in size.

For the filling

  • In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, cocoa powder, instant coffee, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add the water and mix with a spoon until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set the filling aside until needed.
  • Grease a 25 cm spring form cake pan with a hole in the middle. Set aside.
  • Spread the dough onto your floured working surface and dust it with flour.
  • With a rolling pin, roll out into a 50x60 cm sheet and turn the large side to be in front of you.
  • Spread with 50 g melted butter.
  • Spread the filling over the whole surface, 250 g finely chopped chocolate couverture and shape into a roll from the large side.
  • Cut the roll in half, lengthways, by holding one edge and not cutting it, so that there are two strips.
  • Braid the strips, roll into a wreath, and put it in a 27 cm buttered and floured bundt pan.
  • Cover with a towel and let it rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 170ο C (338ο F) set to fan.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes.
  • Let it cool and serve with icing sugar.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
34 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
47 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
100 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
30 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
38 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
24 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
18 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
13 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*The nutritional chart and the symbols refer to the basic recipe and not to the serving suggestions.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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