Chocolate Braided Bread, popularly known as Babka bread is a sweet bread filled with Nutella. It is a beautiful, sumptuous, yummilicious, artistic piece of bread. A treat to the eyes as well as to the tongue.
Start your day with a sweet note by having this bread for breakfast. Pack this in your little one's lunch box. Serve them in the evening with a milkshake of their choice. Or, just let it be there for their midnight hunger pangs.
Though it looks like a piece of art it is actually very simple to make.
When you have this bread, it is difficult to say whether it is more delicious or more attractive to look at.
When I baked this bread for the first time, the whole house was filled with chocolatey flavor. All of us simply loved it. Though I was very apprehensive before trying out this bread but surprisingly it is very easy to braid it. If the dough is good then it can be easily braided.
I made 2 loaves and therefore got sleek slices. You can also place the two braided loaves, one on top of the other, in a baking tin and leave for second proofing. During proofing as the loaves will rise they will stick to each other and once baked you will get one big loaf. I tried this method in my Orange Babka bread and got perfect slices. You may refer that and make this chocolate braided bread the same way.
If you are new to bread baking then I would suggest, you first go through my post which deals with the basics of bread making. It will give you all the details regarding adding yeast, kneading the dough, proofing etc
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- No loaf tin is required to make this bread. No standard size of this bread so, you can easily divide the dough into 2 or 3 parts or maybe more if you are trying for the first time. . Like this, you can practice with a small portion of the dough and then make the remaining pieces of bread perfectly.
- Made with whole wheat flour: I have used wheat and all-purpose flour in the ratio of 70:30
But nowhere you will feel that it is wheat-based. It comes out extremely soft and flaky too. Before this, I tried the same bread using wheat flour and all-purpose flour half each, but no noticeable difference when used 70% wheat flour. So, why not avoid all-purpose flour as much as we can.
- Unlike croissants, it is made with bread dough and has very little butter.
Step By Step Recipe
- Take warm water in a cup. Put 1 tsp sugar and yeast. Cover and wait for 10-15 minutes or till frothy.
- Sift whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, milk powder, and salt at least 3 to 4 times.
- Take sifted flour in a big bowl, add powdered sugar, melted butter, and frothy yeast solution
- Add milk
- Mix everything and start kneading. It will be very sticky initially.
- Keep kneading for roughly 15 minutes and it will stop sticking and will be smooth and shiny
- Grease a bowl liberally with oil. Flip the dough in it. Cover the bowl and leave it for an hour or so or till the dough doubles in volume.
- Punch the dough, cut into 2 parts
- Keep one part covered in the bowl.
- Sprinkle enough flour on the working surface, and roll out it thinly
- Spread Nutella or thick chocolate sauce, leaving the edges
- Roll into a log.
- Once rolled, cut it from the center. Keep the 1/4 portion in the starting intact
- Start braiding. Take care to twist in a manner that the chocolate portion comes on top.
- Once complete, tuck the edges. Now cut the remaining 1/4 portion on the other side which we left intact in the beginning.
- Braid it also. Carefully lift the braid and keep it on the parchment paper-lined in the baking tray.
- Similarly, make the other braid.
- Cover it with a damp cloth and leave it for 20 to 25 minutes for the second rising.
- 10 minutes prior to baking, preheat the oven to 190 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Make milk wash by mixing honey and milk.
- Brush this wash on braided bread
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes till golden brown. Take out keep on a wire rack. Brush with butter. Cover with a damp cloth till cools down or at least 1o minutes.
- Serve as it is or cut slices
Q) Can I replace instant yeast with active dry yeast?
Yes, you can! For this recipe, use 1/2 tsp instant yeast or 2/3 Tsp Active Dry Yeast or 4 g Fresh Yeast
Q) Can I mix instant yeast directly into the flour?
Yes, you can. But, I have proved yeast in warm water, for two reasons.
- Firstly, because I love to see the frothy water. It gives me immense happiness.
- And secondly, it assures me that my yeast is good and I am going to get awesome bread. If you are sure that your yeast is good, then you can add it straight away in the flour along with other ingredients. (For more on this, you may refer to my Stromboli Recipe).
Q) Can I skip all-purpose flour and use 100% wheat flour?
Yes, you can! In my Orange Marmalade bread, I have used only whole wheat flour.
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I hope you have liked this recipe for making Chocolate Braided Braided and will surely try it out for your loved ones.
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