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recipe by Kamran Siddiqi http://sophisticatedgourmet.com
This chocolate babka is, admittedly, a labor of love. However, it is well worth all of the effort and waiting time. The original recipe calls for an optional addition of crumbled brownie or chocolate wafer cookies– a nice addition, but I prefer to err on the side of simplicity, so I simply stick with chopped pecans and or almonds (feel free to use whatever floats your boat). A chocolate with at least 70% cacao mass is recommended for the filling, but you can most definitely get away with something as low as a chocolate with 52%– especially if you prefer a filling that is not too rich. The babka calls for a very Middle-Eastern-inspired soak of simple syrup; if you can’t stand by the idea of a denser, moister babka, feel free to only use enough to coat the top of the babka a couple times. The moistness from the syrup makes the babka delectable, even when cold. But if you’re against using so much simple syrup, warming the babka for a few seconds in the microwave is highly recommended (I know it sounds wrong, but trust me – you need to try it).
recipe updated Oct 20, 2018