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The ultimate babka recipe! From "Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking".

    3 Bobkas







  • njmom

  • dan

  • Broccoli


  • 2 oz fresh yeast (or 6¾ tsp dry yeast)

  • ½ cup warm water

  • 6½ cup flour

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 12 oz margarine (3sticks)

  • ½ cup warm orange juice

  • 4 eggs

  • - pinch salt

  • - Filing:

  • 2 cup sugar

  • ½ cup confectioners sugar

  • 1 cup sifted cocoa

  • 2 Tbsp coffee granules

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar

  • - Topping:

  • 4 oz margarine (1stick)

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1½ cup flour

  • 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar

  • - To assemble:

  • - oil for smearing

  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash

  1. Dough: Dissolve the yeast in the water with a drop of the sugar. After it has completely dissolved, combine with the remaining ingredients in the mixer bowl. Mix well with a dough hook to obtain a smooth dough. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.

  2. Filling: Mix all ingredients and mix well.

  3. Topping: Mix by hand to form crumbs.

  4. To assemble:
    Preheat oven to 350F

  5. Grease 3 loaf pan. Divide dough into 3 parts. Work with one section at time.

  6. Roll the dough to double the length of the pan (about the size of a cookie sheet) and smear with oil. Smear 1/3 of the chocolate filling over the dough. Roll up jelly roll style and pinch the ends closed. Fold the roll in half and twist 3 times. Transfer to loaf pan.

  7. Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle the streusel over the entire roll. Repeat with the remaining two parts of dough.

  8. Bake for 1 hour.




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Average user rating from: 4 user(s)

4.8   (4)

Easy, and delicious.

Reviewed by cg_gunswife
March 07, 2012

I have always been intimidated by making babka. However, this recipe was easy. Turned out great. I don't know if it is my oven - but they were definitely done at 50 minutes (probably could have taken them out a few minutes earlier). After cooling them, I sliced open one loaf to make sure all was well. It looked and smelled heavenly. The kids declared it delicious, and a smashing success.

Reviewed by smartcookie
February 26, 2012

Made these today. Smooth dough, great to work with.


Yummy and quite easy. Might never buy babka again.

Reviewed by lisamichal
November 18, 2011

Friday night dessert and perfect with coffee on Shabbat morning.

1. I used Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa for extra decadence.
2. Didn't bother measuring the flour. Just added it until I got a nice bread consistency (with kneading).
3. Had a lot of topping left over, and it doesn't add much to the overall effect. Next time I might skip it entirely and drizzle a vanilla glaze on top, instead.
4. Over cooked it a little bit, but I was afraid of under-cooking.
5. "coffee" means instant coffee granules.
6. Made 1 loaf and filled a round pan with the rest, for one big babka. I would like to experiment with making a "pull-apart" version, next time, slicing the rolls and arranging them in the pan.


Our new family favorite

Reviewed by Diet
June 26, 2011

A huge hit in our family. I serve one and freeze the other two for other times. Thanks !

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