Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Modern Baker: Chocolate Babka Loaf

This next recipe from the Modern Baker Challenge was a huge hit in this house. It's a simple bread with a delicious ring of chocolate and pecans on the inside.

The dough mixed together easily and actually rose! Yay! I used instant yeast this time. It's possible my active yeast has simply lost it's pow, but I also realized something else. It's fall. It's cold. I started the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge and the Modern Baker Challenge in the spring. It's always been warm when I've been baking bread! Now I understand why people like to bake in the summer.

For the filling I chopped and then processed the chocolate with sugar, cocoa powder, and cinnamon. I rolled out the bread, spread the filling, jelly-rolled the bread, cut it in half, set in loaf pans, let rise, and baked.  
The bread was simple and slightly sweet. The filling was rich. It was a perfect combination.
I ate more than my share. I loved to slightly warm it in the microwave so the chocolate would ooze out of the bread.


  1. Time to catch up over here on blog reading. This is really outstanding in looks...as you know, I am not a chocolate fan, but my guys are going to love this one if it looks like yours.

  2. Looks delicious! I'll have to try it.

  3. Looks great. Actually, I didn't really intend to make the chocolate babka loaf because I made the one from Reinhart's ABED and was kind of disappointed, but you make Malgieri's version sound really yummy!


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