Chocolate Babka from Poland is my choice for Y. I have been wanting to bake chocolate babka for a long time now and since picking up bread as my theme, I had this on the list. However the theme got changed so many times and when I thought of Y, I made it Yeasted Chocolate Babka to bake it finally. This bread was originally made with nuts and raisins during Christmas, later came with many variations, chocolate being the most favourite. This comes from Poland.
With a long working weekend, I couldn’t bake it ahead. So managed it only today. I tried with only 2 cups of flour and got a 9″ loaf. I could have increased the chocolate but was little apprehensive so added about 1/2 cup, the bread was just sweet enough, I will surely be baking this again, so will be increasing the chocolate.
Kids are at home for their Summer vacation and this surely makes a wonderful treat for them. Do make this if you haven’t and enjoy.
Today is Y for Yeasted Chocolate Yeasted Chocolate Babka
In the ABC Bake around the World series:
A for Afghan Biscuit from New Zealand
B for Brownie from the United States
C for Cheese Crackers with Parmesan from Italy
D for Devil’s Food Cake from the United States
E for English Muffin Bread from the United Kingdom
F for Fougasse from France
G for Garlic Bread from India
H for Hot Cross Bun from England
I for Ischler Cookies are from Austria
J for Johnny Cake from Belize
K for Kugelhopf from Europe
L for Lekach from Germany
M for Mupotohayi | Chimodho from Zimbabwe
N for Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies from Italy
O for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Scotland
P for Peanut Cookies from China
Q for Qurabiya from Iran
R for Russian Rose Bread from Russia
S for Sekerpare from Turkey
T for Tahini and Almond Cookies from Israeli
U for Umm Ali from the Middle East
V for Vasilopita from Greece
W for Weihnachtsstollen from Germany
X for Xiaodianxin from China | Chinese Almond Cookies
Yeasted Chocolate Babka
2.5 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Milk
2.5 tbsp butter
3.5 tbsp Sugar
3/4 cup Water warm
3/4 tsp Instant Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Chocolate Chips
1/8 cup Cocoa Powder
In warm milk add the butter and whisk well.
In a bowl, add the all purpose flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast, milk butter mix and mix well.
Add warm water slowly and knead well till you get a soft dough. I added almost 3/4 cup water.
Keep kneading for 10 to 15 mins.
Keep it covered in an oiled bowl and let it rest for 2 hours.
Once the dough doubles in size, punch it down.
On a dusted board or counter, roll out to a 12″ sheet.
Pulse the chocolate chips to a powder, spread on the top along with cocoa powder.
From one side, roll into a tight rope. Using a sharp knife, slit through the centre.
Twist both the rope into a coil. Place this in a loaf pan.
Let it rest for 30 mins.
Preheat the oven at 215C and bake the loaf at 200C for 20 mins.
Let it rest before slicing into it.
Warm it before serving.