Saturday, April 3

Easter Delight: Chocolate Babka

Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld where Jerry and Elaine are going to a dinner party and decide upon a chocolate babka to really impress their hosts.  They go to a bakery that is known to make the best chocolate babka in New York, only to find they have been gazumped by another couple attending the dinner party!

Babka is  traditional Easter fare those in the Eastern Block of Europe.  It can be fruit filled or have cinnamon or chocolate filling.  The lovely people at Lindt Australia have been super generous to myself and the frills this Easter, and I have used their new 50% dark chocolate as the filling.

The 50% dark is for those of you who love the texture of a milk chocolate but the bitterness of the dark.  It melts in the mouth.   It's perfect for Babka to sweeten the bread.

Us?  We're having Babka for Easter Breakfast tomorrow and if you want to also, do it today.  It's one of those recipes that you'll make again and again - it's often given as a gift also.

For the dough:
1 tsp white sugar
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
3/4 cup milk, warmed
6 tb white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 cups plain flour
65g butter diced

The filling:
100 gr block Lindt 50% dark chocolate
3 tb cocoa powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

The topping:
50gr butter, chilled
1/4 cup icing sugar
2 tb plain flour

In your mixer or bread machine, put the milk, yeast and 1 tsp white sugar and stir.  Allow to sit for 10 minutes until the yeast activates (goes fluffy)

Add remaining 6tb sugar, vanilla, salt, and then whilst mixing this (with a dough hook if using a mixer) add the flour, 1/2 a cup at a time.until well combined.

Lastly add the butter and knead on low setting for about 5 minutes until well distributed and the dough it light and aerated.

Place in a bowl that has been sprayed with canola oil, and cover with clingfilm.  Place in a warm draught-free place for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

Prepare filling by chopping chocolate and combining with rest of ingredients.

Grease and paper loaf tin.

When dough has risen, roll out to about 50cm x 50cm size.   Sprinkle with filling to within a few cms of each edge.  Fold over edges.

Roll up tightly from bottom and when fully rolled, pinch ends and sides together to seal. Twist a few times (like wringing a towel) and place in loaf tin.  Cover with clingfilm and allow to prove for 45 minutes in a warm draft-free place.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees c

When risen, make topping (streusel).  Rub butter into sugar and flour, crumble over loaf and put into the oven for 35-40 minutes until cooked through.

Allow to cool in loaf tin for 30 minutes, and then a further 1 hour out of tin .. Slice and serve.

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10 lovely comments:

PinkPatentMaryJanes on April 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Now that looks worth fighting for! Yum. I only ever use Lindt in my cooking - and luckily the easter bunny seems to share my passion for this chocolate (those lil easter carrots just kill me!). Happy Easter to you and your frilly family. x

Chantelle {fat mum slim} on April 3, 2010 at 3:31 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Oh yum! I am crazy about Lindt here too. So delicious! x

Trissa on April 3, 2010 at 4:25 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Hi Liss, great to meet you the other night - wasn't the movie wonderful? It's my first time visiting your blog and I just love it - am kicking myself thinking why it's taken me so long! Beautiful babkas - I made them as well but yours is much prettier! :)

Rina the Mama Bear on April 3, 2010 at 6:07 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Oooh that looks really good. We make a paska bread for Easter that we have either icing and colored sprinkles on, or we spread it with butter and sprinkle white sugar on the butter.

But chocolate? Yes please.

m.e (Cathie) on April 3, 2010 at 10:04 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

looks nice Liss!
and that episode..hilarious!
enjoy your day tomorrow

Vodka Mom on April 3, 2010 at 11:24 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I'll be right over for a piece. And by the say- I'm bringing my friend Suzy.

Suzy on April 4, 2010 at 2:16 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

As the woman who got the last chocolate babka in that scene, I PROTEST that I wasn't in the clip!!

vodkamom sent me over and I hope you're both happy because now I'm starved.

Suzy Soro

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on April 5, 2010 at 11:16 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Hehe this is the coolest post on so many levels! :D

Barbara on April 6, 2010 at 3:45 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I had never heard of Babka until this week. Yours looks great so I think I'll be making it soon.

Ninny said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Oh I love have a Babka stealer in your BLOG!!! Didn't Elaine have a friend called Suzy?


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