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Chocolate-Raisin-Nut Babka

Chocolate-Raisin-Nut Babka
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  • 2 Babkas ServingsServings


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 1 large egg beaten with 2 teaspoons water

For Streusel:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter


1. Combine the yeast and 1/2 teaspoon of the sugar in a small bowl, pour in the warm milk and mix. Set aside for 5-6 minutes or until foamy.

2. Beat the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer set at medium for 2-3 minutes or until well combined and smooth.

3. Add 2 cups of flour and the salt and beat them in. Add the yeast mixture and beat it in until the batter is smooth.

4. Gradually add as much of the remaining flour as is necessary to form a soft dough (about 1-3/4 cups). Add the butter one tablespoon at a time, beating each tablespoon in completely.

5. Use a dough hook or knead by hand for a few minutes until the dough is soft and smooth and slightly sticky.

6. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

7. Lightly grease 2 9”x5” loaf pans.

8. Line the pans with parchment paper, leaving enough extra at the short side so that you can lift out the cake when it has finished baking.

9. Cut the dough in half and roll each half out on a floured surface to rectangles 13”x9”.

10. Brush each rectangle with equal amounts of the melted butter. Scatter the chocolate, raisins and nuts, if used, on top, leaving some room around the edges.

11. Roll the dough, jelly roll style. Twist the filled dough 3-4 times and place in the loaf pans. Brush the tops with some of the beaten egg. Sprinkle with Streusel*. Let rise for 1-1/2 hours in a warm place (or overnight in the refrigerator).

12. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the Babkas for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in the pan. Lift the cake out using the parchment paper ends.

*For Streusel:

1. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.

2.  Add the butter in chunks and work into the dry ingredients with fingers or a pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly.