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!
Servings: 3 Babkas
- 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
- 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
- 2 tablespoons spiced rum or whiskey
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 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.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Then pour in the yeast mixture.
- Next add in batches, the flours.
- Using your dough hook, add in the cut butter and mix until butter is incorporated into the dough, for about 8 minutes.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.
- Place the dough into a buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap
- Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
- 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.
- Once the dough has risen, separate it into 3 balls.
- Roll out dough onto flour surface into a rectangle.
- Spread filling in the middle leaving about an inch border all around.
- Roll the dough into a log.
- Cut the log in half and then wrap the two parts over one another about 5 times. Make sure to pinch each end.
- Place the babka into a buttered loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place the babkas into a warm place and allow the dough to rise once more for about 30 minutes.
- Before baking the babka, whisk together the egg, whiskey, and brown sugar. Brush over each of the babkas.
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees and bake babkas for about 35 minutes.