Make your own babka: a how-to video


The guide to making an excellent Babka with minimum effort. It is a Purim favorite and great for Mishloach Manot!

Dough

2 oz fresh yeast (or 6¾ tsp dry yeast)

½ cup warm water

6½ cup flour

½ cup sugar

12 oz margarine (3sticks)

½ cup warm orange juice

4 eggs

pinch salt

Filing

2 cup sugar

½ cup confectioners sugar

1 cup sifted cocoa

2 Tbsp coffee granules

1 Tbsp vanilla sugar

Topping

4 oz margarine (1stick)

½ cup sugar

1½ cup flour

1 Tbsp vanilla sugar

To assemble

oil for smearing

1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Directions

  1. Dough: Dissolve the yeast in the water with a drop of the sugar. After it has completely dissolved, combine with the remaining ingredients in the mixer bowl. Mix well with a dough hook to obtain a smooth dough. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  2. Filling: Mix all ingredients and mix well.
  3. Topping: Mix by hand to form crumbs.
  4. To assemble: Preheat oven to 350F
  5. Grease 3 loaf pan. Divide dough into 3 parts. Work with one section at time.
  6. Roll the dough to double the length of the pan (about the size of a cookie sheet) and smear with oil. Smear 1/3 of the chocolate filling over the dough. Roll up jelly roll style and pinch the ends closed. Fold the roll in half and twist 3 times. Transfer to loaf pan.
  7. Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle the streusel over the entire roll. Repeat with the remaining two parts of dough.
  8. Bake for 1 hour.


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