Recipe: Chocolate Babka

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Chocolate Babka

This is a wonderful dessert that my husband once requested I make after seeing a certain Seinfeld episode. This will make 16 slices.

Ingredients:

Dough:
1 tsp Sugar
2 1/4 tsp Yeast (1 package)
3/4 c Milk, warm
6 Tbs Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Egg Yolk
1 2/3 c Flour, all-purpose
1 1/4 c Bread Flour
5 Tbs Butter, softened
Vegetable Oil

Filling:
1/2 c Sugar
3 Tbs Cocoa
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
4 oz. Semisweet Chocolate, finely chopped

Streusel Topping:
2 Tbs Powdered Sugar
1 Tbs Flour, all-purpose
1 Tbs Butter, softened

Instructions:

Dough:
In a large bowl, dissolve 1 tsp sugar and yeast in milk. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 6 Tbs  sugar, vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and egg yolk. Add 1 1/3 c all-purpose flour and bread flour to milk mixture. Stir with a danish dough whisk, or wooden spoon, until well blended. Add 5 Tbs butter, stir until well blended. Scrape dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 min). While kneading, add about 1/3 c all-purpose flour a little at a time, to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Place the dough in a large bowl coated with vegetable oil, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. Punch dough down then cover and let dough rest 5 more min. Line the bottom of a 9 x 5 pan with parchment paper. Coat the sides of pan with vegetable oil.

Filling:
Combine 1/2 c sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate in a medium bowl and set aside.

Assembly:
Place dough on a floured surface. Roll dough out into a 16″ square. Sprinkle filling, leaving a 1/4″ border around edges. Roll up dough tightly, jelly-roll fashion and pinch seam and ends to seal. Holding dough by ends, twist dough 4 times. Fit dough into pan. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 350°.

Topping:
To prepare streusel, combine powdered sugar, 1 Tbs and 1 Tbs softened butter, stirring with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle streusel evenly over dough.

Bake for 40 minutes. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool bread completely on wire rack before slicing.

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