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Chocolate Chip Babka


6 hours
Skill Level
1 loaf

Get inspired in the kitchen and bake this delightful chocolate babka. HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips get turned into the swirls that make this fluffy, sweet bread a perfect treat. Top it off with crumbly streusel and a chocolate glaze and make babka your new go-to dessert.

Ingredients & Directions

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


  • 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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