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Chocolate Babka Bread

Chocolate Babka Bread

Chocolate Babka Bread

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Description

Chef thought it’d be a good idea to warm up the office on a chilly day with a Babka bread. Have to say, it’s the best way to end this week and begin the weekend.

 

Yield :  2 large loaves

Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients
  • 00 1 packet / 2 ¼ tsp. Active Dry Yeast
  • 00 1 c. Whole Milk, warm
  • 00 1 Egg
  • 00 2 Yolks
  • 00 ¼ c. Sugar
  • 00 1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
  • 00 2 tsp. Salt
  • 00 ¼ c. Maple Syrup
  • 00 4 c. All-purpose flour
  • 00 ½ c. + 2 Tb. Butter, very soft
  • 00 Egg for wash
Preparation
  • 00 Add yeast to warm milk, making sure the milk is not too hot (no higher than 120F). Let bloom for about 10-15 minutes.
  • 01 In a large mixing bowl, combine the egg, yolks, sugar, vanilla, salt and maple syrup. Add the yeast milk and combine.
  • 02 Scoop about 3 cups of flour into the base mixture and combine evenly throughout. Add the rest of the flour and combine. Fold in ⅓ of the butter at a time, making sure butter is fully distributed before adding more. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  • 03 Dust a surface with flour and knead dough until smooth. Cut the dough in half, place in separate bowls, and cover with plastic or a clean towel. Let rest for 2 hours. * Each dough ball equates to one loaf of bread.
  • 04 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • 05 In a bowl, mix together the Lekkco, cinnamon, and espresso powder. Set aside.
  • 06 Take one of the dough balls and cut in half, roll each half out to 12x7” rectangles. Evenly spread about ¼ of the Lekkco mixture onto the dough. From the long side, roll the dough up into a tube. With the seam side down, cut the tube horizontally down the center. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Repeat with the other dough ball or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 3 days to make later.
  • 07 Once both tubes of dough are rolled and cut, braid as desired. Transfer onto a baking sheet and let sit for 20-30 minutes for dough to relax. Preheat oven to 375F.
  • 08 Brush on egg wash and bake for 30-45 minutes or until the center temperature reaches 190-200F. Let cool and enjoy!

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