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Orange Nutella Walnut Babka

This Orange Nutella Walnut Babka is a really delicious version of traditional Babka, rich, nutty and chocolaty, abounding in citrus flavor. It is by far one of the best Babkas you can ever prepare.

Babka is a delicious sweet braided bread that is usually baked around the holidays in many European countries. It consists of a yeast dough that is refrigerated and let to rise slowly for more than 10 hours, then filled with various fillings, from nuts, chocolate, cinnamon, poppy seeds, sweet cheese and the list can go on.

The recipe is not too difficult, but you need a bit of organizing things around. All you need to do is to make the dough a day before, let it rise overnight and then, the next day prepare the filling, roll, braid and bake. Hope you will try this Orange Nutella Walnut Babka, and if you do let us know how it turns for you. Enjoy!

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Orange Nutella Walnut Babka

Orange Nutella Walnut Babka

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This Orange Nutella Babka is a really delicious version of traditional Babka, rich, nutty and chocolaty, abounding in citrus flavor. It is by far one of the best Babka you can ever prepare.
Servings 2 servings
Prep Time 1 d 45 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Fermentation 15 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins

Ingredients
  

Yeast Starter

  • 7 fl. oz (200ml) milk
  • 7 oz (200g) all purpose flour
  • 35g fresh yeast (10g of active dry yeast)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar

Final Dough

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 small eggs
  • 2 tsp (10g) salt
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120g) Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp (10g) vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp (15g) lemon and orange zest
  • yeast starter
  • 4 ¾ cups (600g) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (150g) butter , melted
  • 3.5 fl. oz (100ml) vegetable oil

Cocoa Walnut Filling

  • 3 large eggs (about 180g)
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (3g) salt
  • 2 tsp (10g) lemon and orange zest
  • 1/3 cup (40g) cocoa powder
  • 3 cups (360g) ground walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • 1 ⅓ cup (400g) Nutella

Chocolate Glaze, optional

  • 7 oz (200g) semisweet chocolate
  • 4 tbsp (50g) butter
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 5 fl oz (150ml) milk

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the yeast starter. Place the sugar and milk into a saucepan and heat just until warm. Remove from the heat and add the crushed yeast. Pour the milk mixture over the flour and mix to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it increases in volume, about 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the dough. Combine the yolks, the 2 whole eggs, salt and sugar and mix until foamy and light yellow.
  • Add Greek yogurt, orange and lemon zest and vanilla and mix to combine, then add the sifted flour. Start kneading the dough until smooth. Then add alternately, the oil and butter (about 5 tranches) and continue kneading by folding the dough, until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Finally hit it a few times, throw it in the bowl in which we kneaded it, then transfer the dough into an oiled greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 14 hours.
  • Prepare cocoa filling. Mix eggs with salt, sugar and citrus zest until foamy and the sugar is dissolved. Add rum essence or extract  if desired. Add cocoa, ground walnuts or pecans and mix with a spatula. Divide mixture in four.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease with oil the bottom and sides of two 12 x4.4 inches (30x11cm) loaf pans and line with parchment paper.
  • Divide the dough into four equal parts. Onto a floured surface, roll each part into a 8×12 (20x30cm) rectangle. Spread ¼ of cocoa filling over the rolled dough, and spread 1/3 cup (100g) Nutella over the cocoa filling.
  • Roll up the dough, and repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  • Braid 2 of the rolled pieces starting from the middle and pinch the ends. Place in the prepared loaf pan.  Repeat with the remaining 2 pieces of rolled dough.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and leave to rise at room temperature until it doubles in volume for about 45 minutes or more depending on the room temperature. 
  • Brush with beaten egg before baking.
  • Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 9 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 320°F (160°C) and bake for another 45 minutes.
  • Let it cool slightly before serving. If desired, top with chocolate glaze.
  • Prepare chocolate glaze. Add all ingredients into a heat proof bowl and place over a pan with simmering water until the chocolate melts.
  • Strain and pour over the babka. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 5810kcalCarbohydrates: 671.8gProtein: 131.8gFat: 304.8gSaturated Fat: 122.3gCholesterol: 1106mgSugar: 320.6g
Calories: 5810kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: babka, chocolate babka, nutella sweet yeast roll, orange nutella babka, sweet braided bread, walnut babka

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  1. Enrico Author says:

    When mixing the final dough, why not add the oil and butter earlier and then add the flour?? It seems it would incorporate more easily. The old wet ingredient dry ingredient method?? Is there a reason for the order of adding the ingredients??

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