Chocolate Babka Bread

➡️ When it comes to the origin of the traditional chocolate babka bread, the spirits are pretty inflamed because Jews, Ukrainians, Russians, and Poles claim that their recipe is authentic. And as in the myth of King Solomon who gave justice to both women who demanded his judgment, everyone is right! (see below on the page)

➡️ Nowadays, the Christian community takes over the traditional recipe, especially people from Eastern Europe, which prepare homemade chocolate babka bread for Christmas, Easter, and other holidays.

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How to Make Chocolate Babka Bread from Scratch

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Chocolate Babka Bread

Homemade Chocolate Babka Bread

In this recipe, I invite you to join me on a delightful culinary adventure as we dive into the art of creating Homemade Chocolate Babka Bread. This heavenly creation has its roots in Eastern Europe and has become a beloved indulgence around the world. Picture a soft and pillowy dough, lovingly swirled with a decadent chocolate filling, and baked to golden perfection. The result? A masterpiece that combines the rich flavors of chocolate with the comforting embrace of freshly baked bread.
As we embark on this journey together, I am excited to guide you through each step of the process, ensuring that your Homemade Chocolate Babka Bread turns out to be a sensational treat that will impress and delight your family and friends. From kneading the dough to creating the perfect chocolate filling and mastering the intricate braiding technique, we will unlock the secrets behind this beloved pastry.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Jewish
Servings 8 servings


  • 10/300 oz/g sweet leavened dough
  • 4 tbsp thick chocolate cream (you can buy various chocolate cream types such as Nutella)
  • 2/50 oz/g chocolate flakes
  • 1 egg


  • first, prepare the sweet leavened dough with my recipe (view how to make sweet leavened dough) or by using another recipe of your choice
  • when is leavened and fluffy, stretch the dough into a sheet of about 1 cm/0.4 inches thickness and the length of the baking pan you are going to use to bake chocolate babka
  • spread the chocolate cream in two strips on the dough sheet
  • sprinkle some chocolate flakes along the chocolate cream strips
  • roll the chocolate-filled dough sheet as tight as possible and seal their ends
  • place the sweet bread roll on a baking-paper-coated rectangular baking pan of about 23×33 cm/9×13 inches
  • cover the pan, place them into a warmish place, and wait to leaven the dough again for about 20-30 minutes
  • break the egg, beat it up with the fork, then brush chocolate babka top all over
  • put the pan into the preheated oven at 180 C/360F and wait until the babka bread is golden brown on top (about 30-40 minutes)
  • remove the pan from the oven and wait until the chocolate babka cools to room temperature
  • take the babka out of the pan, then slice it up as desired


Preparation Tips:
  1. Start with the perfect dough: Make sure to prepare a soft and elastic dough that is easy to work with. Properly measure your ingredients, allowing the yeast to activate and the dough to rise until it is light and fluffy.
  2. Prepare a rich and decadent chocolate filling: Use high-quality chocolate to achieve a luxurious and intense flavor. Consider combining dark and semi-sweet chocolates for a balance of bitterness and sweetness. Add a touch of cinnamon or espresso powder to enhance the chocolate’s depth.
  3. Master the braiding technique: To create those mesmerizing swirls, practice the art of braiding the dough with precision. Follow a step-by-step guide to achieve beautiful layers of dough and chocolate filling. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect; the imperfections add to the rustic charm of the finished bread.
  4. Allow the dough to rise properly: Patience is key when it comes to rising the dough. Give it enough time in a warm and draft-free spot to double in size. This step ensures a light and airy texture in the final product.
  5. Brush with love: Before baking, brush the Babka with an egg wash to achieve a glossy and golden crust. This simple step adds a professional touch to your homemade creation.

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Final Notes for the Homemade Chocolate Babka Bread Recipe

➡️ Chocolate loaf bread is for sure one of the oldest and most popular cake recipes in many countries including those from Eastern Europe. Babka is a type of sweet bread filled with various ingredients, such as chocolate, cinnamon powder, apple, sweet cheese, and more.

➡️ Babka has Jewish origins, but the recipe was adopted and adapted by other countries and especially from Eastern Europe like Ukraine, Russia, Poland, and so on. Nowadays, chocolate babka is also very popular in both the United States and Canada.

➡️ Today, the version with chocolate filling is probably the most popular babka cake. Needless to say, this type of sweet bread is very tasty with other fillings too.

➡️ In general, in Eastern Europe, babka bread was made for holidays also by Christians, especially for Christmas and Easter. However, nowadays this chocolate sweet bread is prepared more often, even without a special occasion.

➡️ The most important tip when making traditional babka is to let the dough rise sufficiently, both when you prepare it and after you have filled it and placed it in the pan. This is crucial for the loaf to be fluffy and well-raised.

➡️ Enjoy baking chocolate babka bread from scratch! For additional info, read more here. Also, I recommend you try more tasty chocolate babka recipes available on this website such as homemade chocolate babka and more.

FAQs about Chocolate Babka

What is chocolate babka?

Chocolate babka is a sweet, yeast-based bread that originated in Eastern Europe. It is typically made with a rich dough that is filled with a chocolate or cocoa mixture and twisted before baking.

How is chocolate babka different from regular bread?

Chocolate babka is a sweet and enriched bread, meaning it contains additional ingredients like eggs, butter, and sugar to give it a softer texture and richer flavor compared to regular bread.

Can I make chocolate babka at home?

Yes, chocolate babka can be made at home. There are many recipes available that provide step-by-step instructions for making this delightful treat.

What kind of chocolate is used in chocolate babka?

Chocolate Babka traditionally uses dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate. Some variations may use a combination of different types of chocolate, such as milk chocolate or white chocolate.

Can I add other ingredients to my chocolate babka?

While the classic chocolate babka recipe features a chocolate filling, you can experiment with adding other ingredients like nuts, raisins, or even a touch of cinnamon to enhance the flavor and texture.

How should I store chocolate babka?

To keep your chocolate babka fresh, it’s best to store it in an airtight container or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. It can be stored at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life.

How long does chocolate babka stay fresh?

Freshly baked chocolate babka is best enjoyed within a day or two. However, if stored properly, it can stay fresh for up to a week. Just make sure to keep it well-sealed to maintain its moisture and flavor.

How can I serve chocolate babka?

Chocolate babka can be enjoyed in various ways. It is delicious on its own as a sweet treat, served as a dessert with a scoop of ice cream, or enjoyed alongside a cup of coffee or tea. It’s a versatile pastry that can be enjoyed any time of day.

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