The majority of the recipes that I have seen are yeast dough, long rising, zillions of steps and waaaaay complicated to the point where I just look at the recipe and say “oh just forget it”. Moving on to this babka baby, I must say that it was EFFORTLESS.
Well, it’s not really a babka but more like a BREADKA. I found a couple of recipes on Pinterest for Nutella Bread and it sured looked like fun to me so I rolled up my sleeves and integrated a few twists of my own to make this one of the most delish treats I have made in a long time.
- ½ teaspoon yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cup Nutella, warmed slightly for 20 seconds microwave
- 1 egg, beaten with a tablespoon of water to use as an egg wash
- Streusel Topping
- 2 tbls unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
- ¼ cup confectioners sugar
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 1 tbls cocoa powder
- additional mini chocolate chips
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in ¼ cup of the water. Let sit for 10 minutes to activate.
- Meanwhile, combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. After add yeast and the remaining water, mix on low with a dough hook attachment. Turn speed up to medium, and knead dough for about 7 minutes.
- Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap, and then set in a warm place. The dough is ready when doubled in size – about an hour.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to form a rectangle, roughly 12 x 15”. Spread Nutella in an even layer on the surface, leaving a ½ inch border of dough.
- Warm Nutella in microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. This makes spreading it much easier. Roll tightly and place on a parchment-lined / silicon-lined baking sheet. Cut the dough down the middle with a knife, leaving one end intact. Twist ends overtop each other, making sure to turn cut side toward the top. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let sit 20 minutes.
- Prepare streusel topping by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Use two knives or pastry blender to blend the mixture into small crumbs.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush surface of the bread with the egg wash. Sprinkle with streusel topping and mini chocolate chips. Bake bread for 20 minutes. Raise temperature to 425°F and bake until lightly browned on top, about 5-7 minutes more.* Remove from oven, and let cool before serving.
ooops! I forgot to shoot the braiding step which is very important….. duh….here’s a couple of pics from Inspired by Charm’s kitchen that show exactly how you do it. I created a crumble streusel topping for the babka that was a real plus…….and it gave me a reason to add EXTRA CHOCOLATE to this thing……read on.
Okay back to my kitchen now……..here’s the finished braid……..beauty eh?