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Babka

ingredients

2 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tbspeaspoon salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 cup + 2 tbspl. milk
2 large eggs
1/2 tbspeaspoon vanilla

chocolate filling

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans

topping

1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp plain flour (All purpose)
2 pinches cinnamon

egg wash

1 large egg beaten with 1 tsp. water

method

1. All ingredients must be at room temperature. Add ingredients in the order specified in your owner's manual.

2. Set machine to dough/manual setting. At the end of the cycle, press clear/stop.

3. To punch down dough, press start and let knead for 60 seconds.

4. Press clear/stop again. Remove dough and let rest 5 minutes before hand shaping.

hand shaping technique

1. While the dough is rising, prepare the filling by blending ingredients together with a fork until crumbly.

2. To make crumb topping, blend ingredients together with a fork until crumbly. Chill both until ready to use.

3. Lightly grease a 4-1/ 2 x 8-1/2 inch loaf pan. . On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 10 x 20 inch rectangle. Cover with filling up to 1 inch from the edges.

4. Roll up lengthwise, jelly roll fashion. . Pinch seam and ends securely together so that they don't open during baking.

5. Carefully place babka in prepared pan.

6. Fold ends under and shape into an S so that it fits into pan. Cover with a clean kitchen cloth and let rise until doubled in size.

7. Preheat oven to 350 ºF.

8. Form a crease in the top of the risen babka with the side of your hand. Brush with egg wash and cover with crumb topping.

9. Bake approximately 30 - 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

10. If babka begins to brown too quickly, cover top with foil. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

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