Curious? This is worth the effort
I’ve never tasted Chocolate Babka or made babka, so I took on a bit of a project for a holiday assignment for SheKnows.com. Like many people I know, my only brush with babka is the Seinfeld episode where Elaine and Jerry stop to buy a chocolate babka to take to a friend’s house. Maybe that’s all you need to intrigue you. If you’re curious, this is definitely a recipe to try – it’s so worth it!
Set aside some time
I inherited some baking genes (my dad was an excellent baker), and I was excited and anxious to make this treat. I discovered that it’s actually fairly easy to make, if you have the luxury of time.
It takes a little time to prep everything, and you need to let the dough rise — two different times — for about an hour each time. Then plan for about 30 minutes for baking. But the final step is allowing the bread to cool before slicing it into crumbly goodness. Waiting can be torture when you can smell this delightful golden loaf filled with chunks of chocolate and bits of walnuts, all wrapped around a sweet dough. That, my friends, is when time seems to drag.
This sweet bread is amazing, but I can see why it’s reserved for the holidays. I’m sure most families have their own special recipe, but since I don’t, I adapted this from Ladies Home Journal. What a special treat!