Chocolate Babka


A perfect recipe for chocolate babka. Of all of the breads I've baked, my friends love this one the most. It's soft and moist, and the chocolate just melts in your mouth when you bite into a slice. I hope you'll like it as much as we do!

close up view of a round Chocolate Babka on a cooling rack
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
2 loaves


Babka Dough:

  • ¾ cup milk

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 2 cups bread flour

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup water (Optional)

  • 1 large egg

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Chocolate Filling:

  • 5 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup butter, chilled


  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup butter, chilled

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg, beaten (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon water (Optional)


  1. Prepare the dough: Warm milk and melt butter in a glass or ceramic bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, or in a saucepan on the stovetop. Combine bread flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, and sugar. Add water, milk-butter mixture, egg, and salt to the dry ingredients and mix well.

  2. Use the dough hook in a stand mixer on low speed or knead the dough by hand until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 15 minutes. If the dough is too wet, add more bread flour, about 2 tablespoons at a time (up to 8 tablespoons) to make a workable dough; too much flour can make the dough dry. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rise until double in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Make chocolate filling and streusel while the dough is rising.

  4. For the filling: Stir together finely chopped chocolate, cinnamon, and sugar. Cut in chilled butter with a fork.

  5. Make the streusel: Combine confectioners' sugar and all-purpose flour; cut in chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

  6. When the dough has doubled, punch the dough down and cut it into two equal pieces. Loosely shape each piece into a ball. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rest for 10 minutes.

  7. Roll out one portion of dough on a lightly floured surface to form a 15x4-inch rectangle. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the chocolate filling, roll up to form a long log, and seal the seam. Attach the ends to form a circle and place the ring, seam-side down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  8. Repeat with the second piece of dough.

  9. Use a serrated knife or kitchen shears to cut slits at 1-inch intervals around the rings. Cover the rings with damp kitchen towels and let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  11. Make the egg wash: Combine egg and water in a small dish and whisk to combine.

  12. Brush the loaves with egg wash. Sprinkle streusel on top. Bake the loaves, rotating the baking sheets to promote even browning, until the bread is a deep golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
20g Fat
46g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 295mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 93mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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