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Chocolate Chip Babka


40 Min.
45 Min.
Skill Level:
1 loaf

If you love a sweet dessert bread recipe, this Chocolate Chip Babka recipe is for you! The hearty dough is swirled with a HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips filling, topped with a crumbly streusel, baked to perfection and then drizzled with a chocolate glaze. It may take a little effort and time, but this Chocolate Chip Babka recipe is entirely worth it. Slice and serve it warm, or wrap it up to share this hearty chocolate dessert bread as a gift!  A sweet bread recipe with HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips is always a good choice, especially our Berry Loaf, which marries cranberry, orange and chocolate flavors. It's another delicious dessert bread that's perfect for gift-giving.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
45 minutes
Bake Time
40 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes


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  • 3 1/4 cups
    all-purpose flour for recipe and dusting surface, divided
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 package
    rapid rise highly active dry yeast (7 grams)
  • 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup
  • 2
  • Streusel
  • 1/3 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsps
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsps
    butter, softened
  • Chocolate Filling
  • 1/4 cup
    butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/4 cup
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • 2 Tbsps
  • 1/2 cup
    powdered sugar


Equipment Needed 
Oven Oven
Loaf Pan 9x5x3-Inch Loaf Pan
Mixing Bowl Mixing Bowl
Saucepan Saucepan
Stovetop Stovetop
Mixer Mixer
Wire Rack Wire Rack
Microwave Microwave

Prepare Streusel; set aside. Grease 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside.


Stir together 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large mixer bowl; set aside. Combine butter, water and milk in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until butter is melted and mixture is very warm (120°F to 130°). Gradually add to flour mixture, beating on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Separate 1 egg; cover and refrigerate egg white for separate step. Add remaining whole egg, egg yolk and 2 cups flour; beat on medium speed about 1 minute or until soft dough forms. Turn dough onto well-floured surface.


Knead in enough remaining flour until dough is elastic and forms a smooth ball (3 to 5 minutes). Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.


Punch down and cover. While dough is resting, prepare Chocolate Filling.


Heat oven to 325°F. Roll dough into a 14-inch square on lightly floured surface. Spread filling onto square within 1/4 inch of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting from one end; place seam side down. Holding dough by ends, fold in half and twist dough into figure 8, two times.


Place in prepared pan. Beat reserved egg white; brush over dough surface. Let rise again about 1 hour or until doubled in size. Sprinkle top with prepared Streusel, pressing lightly into dough.


Bake 30 to 35 minutes; cover with foil and bake 10 additional minutes. Remove from pan. Place on cooling rack. Cool completely. Drizzle with Chocolate Glaze.

Streusel: Stir together flour, brown sugar and granulated sugar in small bowl. Add butter; stir until crumbs form.

Chocolate Filling: Place chocolate chips and butter in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and salt; stir until combined.

Chocolate Glaze: Place chocolate chips and milk in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium (50%) 15 seconds or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Add powdered sugar, stirring until combined.

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