“CHOCOLATE BABKA”- Every culture/religion is known for its different layers. And food is one of them. Also, when we discuss food from any religion or country. There is one character who is important in every culture. And It’s the grandma. Also, Grandmothers play a very crucial role when it comes to food. And grandmothers evolved the cuisine as time changed. Also, they passed it on to their future generations.
The word “babka” which derived from the Slavic word “Babcia”. Which translates to grandmother. As in the old times, grandmothers baked cakes and pastries and fed their grandchildren. And The reason makes total sense. As per my point of view, this recipe reflects the warm and loving nature of a grandmother. The Butter rich dough which will keep you healthy and enough decadence of chocolate to soothe you down.
The original recipe is with cinnamon. But with the time this bread got the stuffing of cheese, raisins and most popular chocolate. Also, Seinfeld, a popular sitcom has the reference of Babka. And in that episode, Seinfeld is not happy about the Babka scenario.
Seinfeld Babka- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i78azsi7M94
- Convection oven
- Weighing scale
- Dough scraper/cutter
- Mixing bowls
- 265 grams AP flour
- 50 grams Granulated sugar
- 6 grams Instant yeast
- 87 grams Lukewarm milk
- 1 no. Egg
- 75 grams Softened unsalted Butter
- 3 grams Salt
- 90 grams Dark chocolate 70% cocao
- 50 grams Softened unsalted butter
- 50 grams Powdered sugar
- 10 grams Cocoa powder
- 15 grams Freshly Ground Cinnamon
- Bloom the yeast in lukewarm milk.
- Combine the flour, granulated sugar, salt with the bloomed yeast mixture. and add the beaten egg.
- Knead the dough for 15-20 until well combined.
- Start adding butter bit by bit and knead until it's well incorporated. and forms a smooth dough. Also, check for gluten development.
- Transfer the dough in a well-oiled bowl. Cover it with a polythene bag and store it in the fridge for 12 hours.
- Add softened butter, chopped chocolate and sugar in a heavy bottom pan.
- Once its all melted add the cocoa powder and cinnamon powder.
- Mix well and let that mixture cool.
Baking the BABKA
- On a well-floured surface roll out the cold dough into a rough 15"x12" rectangle.
- Spread the chocolate filling evenly all over the surface.
- Tightly roll the dough like a cigar. and stitch the open edges.
- Cut the dough lengthwise using a serrated knife. and shape it into a BRAID.
- Transfer the BRAID into a rectangular loaf tin. and proof at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven at 200°C for 10 minutes. and bake the babka at 180°C for 20 minutes.Take it out and cool it down then glaze it with sugar syrup if you like.
If you like to read about the sourdough here is the link https://gourmetpundit.com/food-the-sourdough/