Recipe Adapted From: First Look Then Cook
A standing mixer, dough hook attachment and large amounts of patience are required for this recipe.
Ingredients - Dough (11 x 21 cm (4 x 8 inch) loaf)
1 tsp white sugar
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
3/4 cup warm milk - not too hot to drink, otherwise you'll kill the yeast.
6 tbsp white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg yolk
7.5 ounces normal flour (about 1 2/3 cups)
5.85 ounces bread flour (about 1 1/4 cups)
5 tbsp butter, cut into pieces and softened
Ingredients - Filling
1/2 cup white sugar
3 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
4 ounces dark chocolate
Ingredients - Streusel
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp butter, chilled and clopped into pieces
Method - Dough
1. Dissolve the yeast and the 1 tsp of white sugar in warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Let stand for 5 minutes.
2. Stir in vanilla extract, salt, egg yolk and the 6 tbsp sugar using the dough hook attachment on your mixer.
3. Measure or weigh the flours and place them in a single bowl.
4. Add 6 ounces of the combined flours to the milk mixture, and beat with the dough hook until blended.
5. Add 5 tbsp butter, beat until blended.
6. Add the rest of the combined flours to the dough, beating in between additions.
7. Place the dough into a large bowl coated with oil. Turn the dough over so it is completely oiled. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm place free from drafts (just on your tabletop should be fine) for 1 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size. To test for doneness, gently press two fingers into the dough. If the indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.
While the dough is rising, make the filling and streusel.
8. Punch the dough down, cover again and let it rest for 5 more minutes.
9. Line a loaf pan (preferably 22cm x 15cm or so) with baking paper.
Method - Filling
1. Using a knife or a food processor (the latter is much easier) finely chop the chocolate.
Method - Streusel
1. Place all the ingredients for the streusel in a small bowl.
2. Using your fingers, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse meal.
1. Place the dough on a generously floured, clean surface. Roll the dough out to an approximate 40cm (16 inch) square.
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5. Fold the dough in half and fit into the prepared loaf pan.
7. After the 45 minutes has passed, sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the dough.
9. Cool the babka in the tin for about 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.