EGGNOG BABKA

Houston we've have a problem.

These babkas are too damn good.

Writing in from Houston, Texas- I am super excited to share this babka recipe with you! After having a gathering of friends for the holidays, I found myself with a large carton of eggnog and no idea what to do with it. Still on my kick of being more conscious about food waste, I knew I needed to bake with it (since drinking it wasn't in the cards for me). I recalled seeing an eggnog babka recipe and was instantly inspired to make my own version. Adding eggnog to the dough is a great and rich alternative to milk or cream and add a nice spice and flavoring to this decadent bread. If you need a time-killing activity on a snowy day- this recipe is the perfect thing to make, and enjoy! 

Adapted from My Jewish Learning and Tasting Table

Servings: 3 Babkas

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 2 packages of yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 tablespoon of butter, softened and sliced 

Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons eggnog
  • 1/4 cup whiskey or spiced rum
  • 2 cups chocolate (semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum or whiskey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 

Directions:

  1. Combine the molasses, eggnog, and a pinch of sugar in a pan. Bring to a simmer- make sure not to boil. Then mix in the yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes until it begins to foam.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Then pour in the yeast mixture.
  3. Next add in batches, the flours. 
  4. Using your dough hook, add in the cut butter and mix until butter is incorporated into the dough, for about 8 minutes.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.
  6. Place the dough into a buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap
  7. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
  8. While the dough rises, make the filling. Place all the ingredients into a food processor, and pulse until a fine consistency is reached. Set aside.
  9. Once the dough has risen, separate it into 3 balls.
  10. Roll out dough onto flour surface into a rectangle.
  11. Spread filling in the middle leaving about an inch border all around.
  12. Roll the dough into a log.
  13. Cut the log in half and then wrap the two parts over one another about 5 times. Make sure to pinch each end.
  14. Place the babka into a buttered loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining dough.
  15. Place the babkas into a warm place and allow the dough to rise once more for about 30 minutes.
  16. Before baking the babka, whisk together the egg, whiskey, and brown sugar. Brush over each of the babkas. 
  17. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and bake babkas for about 35 minutes.
  18. Enjoy!
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