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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

C is for Cute Cousins . . . and CHOCOLATE “Babka”

Nicole commented:  Kepler's 1st 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
 at all)
1 tsp sugar
¾ cup warm milk
2 ¼ tsp yeast
3/8 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
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

Streusel Topping:
½ cup icing sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 ½ ounces butter

Prepare dough:
·        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.
Prepare Filling:
·        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.
Prepare Topping
·        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!