Nicole commented: Kepler's 1st Easter...is completely un-Eastery lol:) but I will take one
for the team and eat chocolate for him ;)
Nicole was hoping for something a bit traditional when she suggested I make Martha Stewart's Babka recipe for Easter.
Someday, hopefully, Kepler will meet some of his many, many cousins. Here are just two of the ones closest to his age:
Martha Stewarts’ Chocolate Babka (which is delicious even if it isn’t really a babka
1 tsp sugar
¾ cup warm milk
2 ¼ tsp yeast
3/8 cup granulated sugar
3 cups flour
½ tsp salt
4 ounces softened butter
1 pound semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
3 ounces softened butter
½ cup icing sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 ½ ounces butter
· Stir 1 tsp sugar into warm (not hot) milk and sprinkle yeast on top. Let stand 5 minutes.
· In a large bowl, beat eggs with salt, 4 ounces butter, and 3/8 cup sugar.
· Add in yeast and milk.
· Mix in flour and turn onto floured surface to knead. Dough will be soft and a bit sticky.
· Butter a bowl and put dough in it to rise, covered, for an hour.
· Chop the chocolate chips finely in a food processor.
· Cream together ½ cup sugar, cinnamon, and 3 ounces butter.
· Blend the chocolate into the sugar and butter mixture.
· Blend together flour, icing sugar, and butter in food processor.
Make Chocolate Swirl Loaf
· Butter a large 9 inch loaf pan and line the bottom with waxed paper.
· Turn dough onto floured surface and pat into a 16 inch square.
· Crumble ¾ of the chocolate mixture onto the dough.
· Roll dough up like a jelly roll.
· Hold one end of the dough and twist it twice. Repeat with the other side.
· Pat remaining chocolate mixture on top of the dough.
· Fold the long 16 inch roll in half, over the mixture. The roll will now be about 8 inches long.
· Give the loaf a couple of twists on each end and place into the loaf pan.
· Sprinkle with Streusel Topping.
· Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
· Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
· Bake loaf for one hour and ten minutes.
Serve hot out of the oven. Yum!