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Traditional Babka Recipe

traditional babka recipe

As a professional writer, I am always excited to share my favorite recipes with my readers. Today, I want to share a traditional babka recipe that has been passed down in my family for generations. This sweet bread is perfect for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert. It is a classic Jewish pastry that is loved by many, and I am excited to share it with you.

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Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Breakfast
  • Recipe Cuisine: Jewish
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.8/5


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm milk and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture, along with the softened butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Use a wooden spoon or a mixer to mix the ingredients together until a dough forms.
  5. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  6. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.
  7. Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured surface.
  8. Roll the dough out into a long rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Sprinkle the chocolate chips, raisins, and chopped walnuts over the dough.
  10. Roll the dough up tightly, starting from the long side.
  11. Place the rolled-up dough in a greased loaf pan, cover it with a towel, and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  13. Bake the babka for 45 minutes, or until it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
  14. Let the babka cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutritions Table

Nutrition InformationAmount Per Serving
Total Fat13g
Saturated Fat6g
Total Carbohydrates37g
Dietary Fiber2g

Recipes FAQ

  • What is babka? Babka is a sweet bread that originated in Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. It is usually filled with chocolate, cinnamon, or nuts.
  • Can I make this recipe without a mixer? Yes, you can mix the dough by hand using a wooden spoon, but it may take a bit longer to knead the dough.
  • Can I freeze babka? Yes, you can freeze babka for up to 3 months. Just wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container.
  • What can I serve babka with? Babka is delicious on its own, but you can also serve it with a cup of coffee or tea.
  • Can I use different fillings? Yes, you can use any fillings that you like, such as jam, Nutella, or dried fruit.
  • How long does babka last? Babka can last for up to 3 days at room temperature, or up to a week in the fridge.

Recipes Tips

1. Make sure your yeast is fresh and active. If your dough doesn't rise, your yeast may be expired.

2. Don't overfill your babka or it may burst during baking.

3. You can make a glaze for your babka by mixing powdered sugar with a little bit of milk or water.

4. If you don't have a loaf pan, you can shape your babka into a ring or braid it.

5. Babka is best when it is still warm from the oven, but it is still delicious when it is cooled.