Chocolate Babka (Bread Machine)

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
YIELD: 1 babka




  • Place biga ingredients in bread machine according to your manufacturers directions. Start on dough cycle. Let mix for 2 minutes (It doesn`t need to go for the full time of the dough cycle) then unplug and leave closed till the next morning.
  • Dough:
  • The next morning add butter to biga which at this point should have collapsed. Whisk well eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt then add to bread machine. Top with flour.
  • Set machine for dough cycle. At beep add raisins and zest.
  • Meanwhile mix filling ingredients together in a food processor and chill till ready.
  • Grease tube pan well and coat with cookie crumbs.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • When dough is done turn out on to a lightly floured work surface, and punch it down to release the built up gases.
  • Roll out into a rectangle 8 by 14 inches.
  • Spread the filling then roll them up jellyroll style and pinch the seams to seal them. Flatten the dough slightly with a rolling pin, then twist the dough 6 to 8 times. Allow the dough to rest a few minutes. Make spirals with the dough and place them in a greased tube pans. Cover pan with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in volume, about 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Bake the cakes for 45 minutes; then let cool in the pan.