Sourdough Babka

Sunday, January 20, 2013

We threw you a real challenge this month without giving you any specific recipes. But wow did guys do a great job in combining a bunch of recipes and creating your own amazing, delicious, mouth watering babka's! We are so impressed!

All of your hard work paid off, and oh man, were these totally worth it! This might be our favorite challenge yet!

Please check out all the amazing babka's that were made this month, and don't forget to link yours up! And don't forget about our  Sourdough Babka Pinterest Board, and, finally, remember to stop back in a few days to see what we will be making next!

Sourdough Chocolate Cinnamon Babka (slightly adapted from Double Helpings and Martha Stewart)
Yield: 1 loaf

Sourdough Brioche:
250 g flour
125 g sourdough starter, 100% hydration
15 g sugar
5 g salt
2 eggs
100 g milk
150 g butter, room temperature

Chocolate Cinnamon Filling:
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar
4 TBSP butter, room temperature

Egg Wash:
1 tsp heavy cream
1 egg white

4 TBSP butter, room temperature
1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar

To make the Dough:
Cut the butter into cubes and set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine the flour, starter, sugar, salt, eggs, and milk (do not add the butter yet!) and mix until you form a stiff batter.
Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Mix on medium speed for another 10-15 minutes, until the batter starts to resemble a soft dough, but without the same degree of elasticity.
Using a rubber spatula, fold/massage/smear in the butter until no lumps remain.
Place the dough into a large glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a cool place for 15 hours.

To Make the Filling:
In a medium bowl, combine the filling ingredients (chocolate, butter, cinnamon and sugar) using a fork to evenly mix everything together.
Remove 2 TBSP of this filling and place it in a separate bowl.

To Make the Topping:
In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the topping with a fork until well mixed. It should be crumbly.

Generously butter a 9x5 loaf pan.
Generously sprinkle your work surface with flour and turn the dough out on top (at this point the dough may be very very sticky, and you might need to work a little bit more flour into the dough - this is fine, just be careful to only take the dough a touch past extremely sticky. Keeping your counter and rolling pin well floured helps.
Roll the dough out into a 16 inch square about 1/8 inch thick.
Brush the edges with the egg wash.
Evenly spread the chocolate filling over the dough (keeping the reserved 2 TBSP for later).
Roll the dough up tight like a jelly roll.
Pinch the edges together to seal.
Twist the log of dough 5 or 6 times along the length.
Brush the top of the roll with egg wash.
Carefully take the 2 TBSP of chocolate filling and place it on top of the left half of egg roll, pressing them in slightly.
Fold the right half of the roll over the left half, sealing in the chocolate (think about a 1 slice of bread sandwich).
Pinch the edges together and fold them under.
Twist the roll twice and place it into the prepared loaf pan.
Brush some of the egg wash over the top of the loaf and sprinkle on the topping.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Cover the loaf pan with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm place for 20-30 minutes.
Bake the loaf 55 minutes.
Lower the oven temperature to 325F and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until deep golden brown.
Cool in the pan, on a wire rack.


Joan said...

Thanks for the challenge. The results all look so tasty! I will be trying at least one of these in the future.

theroadtoserendipity said...

I have really enjoyed wandering around the ether drooling over the scrumptious looking babka that have been made in the name of Sourdough Surprises...Korena tried to kill me with her version...a body can drown in too much drool you know! :)

Sourdoug Surprises said...

So glad that you enjoyed looking through them all! They all look amazing, don't they?

Phoenix said...

this is realllly sounding so YUMM ! GRT !

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

I baked with you but didn't get my post up by the 20th. I just posted it today. Thanks for the sourdough surprise. It was fun!

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