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Nutella & Walnut Babka

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

For the dough

  • 3/4 cup | 170 ml whole milk
  • 30 grams fresh yeast or 10 g dry active yeast
  • 5 1/4 cups | 600 g all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup | 110 grams granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 1/2 tbsp | 120 grams unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into cubes

For the chocolate filling

  • 450 grams Nutella
  • 1 1/3 cups | 200 grams bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cups | 100 g chopped walnuts

For the sugar syrup

  • 3/4 cup | 150 grams granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup | 100 ml water

Instructions
 

  • Break up the yeast into the milk and dissolve it. Add the flour, then the eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, then half of the butter. You can use a stand mixer or knead by hand, for about 7 minutes, until the dough comes together.
  • Add the rest of the butter, cube by cube, only adding more butter once the previous cube is incorporated. This should take about 3 minutes. Knead the dough into a smooth ball.
  • Form the dough into a 6x10 inches rectangle, over with plastic wrap or place in a big zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 4 hours but up to 24 hours.The longer it sits, the  better.
  • Grease 2 loaf pans with butter, non stick spray or use baking parchment.
  • Lightly flour the work surface and roll the dough into a rectangle measuring about 36 inches by 9 inches.
  • Spread the Nutella evenly onto the dough, sprinkle the chocolate chips and the chopped walnuts.
  • Roll the dough tightly, like in the step by step pictures above.Using a knife, cut the roulade in half lengthwise.Then cut it crosswise in half. Make an X with 2 of the pieces, cut-side up. Twist the two halves around each other, like in the pictures. Do the same with the other 2 pieces, and place them in the loaf pans.
  • Cover the babkas with a towel and set in a warm place until doubled in size, for 1 - 2 or even 3 hours, depending on the temperature in your kitchen.
  • To make the sugar syrup, combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes until the sugar isdissolved. Set aside to cool.
  • Bake the babkas in the 350°F / 180°C preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Every oven bakes differently, so after 20 minutes you can start watching it, so it doesn't burn. It has a lot of chocolate, so it will look pretty dark and caramelized anyway.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately brush generously with the sugar syrup.
  • Let the babkas cool completely before taking them out from the loaf pans.