It’s the second Tuesday of the month and it is time to post for Bread Bakers. Our host for the month Stacy of Food Lust People Love asked us to bake a sweetened yeast bread perfect for Christmas or for the other holidays celebrated during this time of the year. So I baked this chocolate swirl babka. Don’t forget to check out what the other bread bakers have baked — scroll down to the post for the entire list. Babka is a broiche like yeast bread from Central and Eastern Europe. It is usually made for Easter in many countries. Traditionally babka does not have any filling and is coated with a vanilla or chocolate flavored icing.So of course, my chocolate swirl babka is not traditional but it is very very tasty. I used King Arthur flour’s dough recipe and David Lebovitz’s chocolate filling recipe. This bread needs only 1 rise and the bread can be made in approximately 2 hours. Rolling the dough out and twisting the bread is probably the most time consuming parts of the recipe, other than that this bread is easy as a pie.KAF’s dough is almost like play doh, very smooth and easy to work with. If the dough resists rolling out, then set it aside for 5 minutes so it’ll relax and can be rolled easily. Filling has melted chocolate, chopped pecans and some crumbled chocolate wafer cookies (I used Famous brand cookies).
This bread is very decadent, chocolaty and delicious. It is great as a snack with a cup of coffee. It keeps good at room temperature for up to 4 days, freeze it for longer storage.
Check out what other Sweetened Yeast Breads the Bread Bakers made this month:
- American-Style Panettone from Passion Kneaded
- Beehive Bread from Sara’s Tasty Buds
- Candied Fruit Sweet Rolls from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chestnut Roll Wreath from Food Above Gold
- Chocolate Cherry Brioche Buns from Baking Sense
- Chocolate Swirl Babka from Cook’s Hideout
- Cranberry Sweet Rolls from Food Lust People Love
- Estonian Kringle from I Camp in my Kitchen
- Finnish Nissua Bread from Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- Fruit & Nut Sourdough from What Smells So Good?
- Ginger Orange Stollen from SpiceRoots
- Holiday Wreath with Sweet Nut Filling from Hostess At Heart
- Kugelhopf from Ambrosia
- Marzipan Stollen from Palatable Pastime
- St. Lucia Buns from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Stollen Bread from Sneha’s Recipe
- Sweet Milk Dinner Rolls from A Day in the Life on the Farm/
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to [email protected]