Chocolate walnut babka bread

When Sunday starts with making a dough for the future dessert, nothing can be better. When the apartment smells like dark chocolate and oranges, you realize – that’s it. It’s officially cold outside. So cold, that you wanna grab the warmest sweater from your drawer. Today, was this day. The oven was on and it was so warm in apartment. I love this feeling. When you cover your body with everything warm what you can find in your clothes, and when you turn the oven on. You definitely don’t wanna go outside and enjoy the day staying at home and baking the most cozy bread made with dark chocolate, walnuts and orange. I mean, are you still here? It’s time to check out your pantry station for chocolate and walnuts ๐Ÿ™‚

I love to bake on this time of the year. Couple days ago I bought some walnuts in shells, which are so beautiful! I love this texture so much. I honestly bought them just because I wanted to make this close up, moody shot ๐Ÿ™‚ but then the idea came out to my mind, that I need to make a bread with the walnuts. What can be better than this on a cold, foggy day? While I was writing this post, the snow started to fall. First snow in season. I know, It’s only the beginning of October and many of us don’t want this crazy weather but I was happy about it. It was so dark in our apartment, so cozy with many of aroma candles, that I started to dream about Christmas already. Crazy? Maybe, but I still love this mood ๐Ÿ™‚

I was so excited to enjoy babka bread with our morning hot coffee, so I prepared the dough the day before I started to bake it, which is definitely better option, the dough comes out more light and fluffy.

The next day I woke up early in the morning to make sure that I can finish bread before breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

I pulled the dough from the fridge, melted up the dark chocolate and cracked all that walnut shells to grab the most tasty nuts in the world.

Making babka bread is super easy, so you don’t to worry about it. Even if you’re not baking a lot with the yeast dough. You got it!

This feeling, when you pull the bread out from the oven, hot, full of Autumn flavors, it makes me so happy ๐Ÿ™‚ the dough is super soft, light, fluffy! And the filling… I mean, chocolate, walnuts and orange?! So far, so good!!! I truly believe that all of your family will be so excited to try a piece of heaven. But after the first slice, there will be the second and probably the third ๐Ÿ™‚ And no one can judge you! Because it is so delicious, that you barely can stop slicing another piece.

Here is the recipe for you guys. I hope you gonna enjoy it with your family, because nothing is better these days, seriously!

 

Portions: 1 babka bread

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2 ยพ cups of all purpose flour
  • ยพ cup of whole milk, lukewarm
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp of active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • 5 tbsp of unsalted butter, room temperature

Directions:

  1. Mix active dry yeast, sugar and milk in a bowl or cup and set aside for 5-7 minutes, until the foam comes out.
  2. In a mixer combine milk, flour, 2 eggs and butter. Knead the dough using the hook attachment for about 7-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and doesnโ€™t stick to the sides of bowl.
  3. Shape the dough into the ball and place into a bowl, cover with clean tea towel and leave in a warm place for 1.5-2 hours or until it double in size. Knead the dough with your hands and leave for another hour or refrigerate the dough overnight.

Chocolate walnut filling:

  • 4 oz of dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 oz of chopped walnuts
  • Zest from one orange

Assembling babka bread:

  1. On a floured working surface roll the dough into the rectangle, about 16 inches to 10 inches. Spread the melted chocolate all over the dough, leaving some edges. Sprinkle walnuts, leaving some for later and orange zest.
  2. Make a roll with the dough, the leaving couple of inches from one end, cut the dough lengthwise all over. Grab both sides gently of the dough and lift one side over the next, forming a twist and trying to keep the cut sides facing up. Pinch the sides together. Transfer the bread into prepared loaf tin covered with parchment paper. Donโ€™t worry if the bread looks a little messy, just squash it together gently with your hands on both ends. Sprinkle with some extra reserved walnuts. Cover babka bread with clean tea towel and leave it for another 1.5 hour to let it raise.
  3. Preheat the oven at 375F and bake the bread for 20-25 minutes, until itโ€™s medium brown color.