How to Make Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding.

Chocolate babka bread pudding is a rich, decadent dessert sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Ready to impress with chunks of sweet dough swirled with chocolate and immersed in a velvety custard, this pudding is quite the showstopper for any celebration.

chocolate babka bread pudding

What is Chocolate Babka?

Chocolate babka is yeasted sweet bread that is braided and typically filled with chocolate. It has an Eastern European origin, Ukraine and Poland specifically, and is a popular Jewish bread (similar to a coffee cake). The dough is braided to allow the filling to swirl evenly throughout the loaf. Other popular fillings include cinnamon, raisin, poppy seed, fruit jam, and sweet cheese. Babka dough is often made using leftover Challah dough and eaten alongside the Sabbath meal on Friday or Saturday.

Chocolate Babka

How to Prepare your Babka for the Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding

While it is hard to imagine leftover babka, it does happen from time to time. Using a chocolate babka that is a few days old is perfect for this recipe. Fresh chocolate babka won’t absorb the milk and egg mixture. If you do find yourself with some leftover babka, you can place it in the freezer in an airtight container. When you want to make the chocolate babka bread pudding, simply pull it from the freezer and let it thaw at room temperature. Cut the babka into cubes about 2.5cm/1 inch and let them sit out uncovered for a few hours.

Chocolate Babka

What you’ll need:

  • Cutting board
  • Bread knife
  • Two large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Baking dish

Ingredients:

For the Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding:

  • 1 large day old chocolate babka
  • 6 Whole eggs
  • 3.5 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinammon
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract

Notes:

  • If you are using a smaller babka or half a leftover babka you can cut this recipe in half.
  • The amount of milk you are using will vary, depending on how dry the babka is.

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners (icing) sugar 
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk or cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate Babka bread pudding

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Instructions:

For the Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding:

  1. Cut the babka into cubes about 2.5cm/1 inch and let them sit out uncovered for several hours.
  2. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add the milk to the eggs and whisk to combine everything then add the vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Cover the dry babka with the liquid mixture. Toss the babka to ensure that it is coated evenly. Let the mixture stand for two hours OR place it in the fridge overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 340°F/171°C.
  5. Put the babka bread pudding mixture into a lightly oiled baking dish. Gently spread the babka mixture into the baking dish but don’t pack it down.
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes. The babka should still have a little wiggle as the custard will set once it cools.
  7. Let the babka bread pudding cool for 10 minutes before adding the icing.

Note: The babka bread pudding mixture is much better if it is allowed to sit in the fridge overnight.

Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding

For the glaze:

  1. Using a whisk or a hand mixer, mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. *Optional: Add another 1-2 tbsp. of milk to achieve a runnier consistency.
  3. Drizzle glaze over cooled loaf.

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chocolate babka bread pudding

How to Make Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding.

  • Author: Matthew James Duffy
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 50 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Jewish

Description

Chocolate babka bread pudding is a rich, decadent dessert sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Ready to impress with chunks of sweet dough swirled with chocolate and immersed in a velvety custard, this pudding is quite the showstopper for any celebration.


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Ingredients

For the Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding:

  • 1 large day old chocolate babka
  • 6 Whole eggs
  • 3.5 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinammon
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners (icing) sugar 
  • 23 tbsp. milk or cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Chocolate Babka Bread Pudding:

  1. Cut the babka into cubes about 2.5cm/1 inch and let them sit out uncovered for several hours.
  2. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add the milk to the eggs and whisk to combine everything then add the vanilla and cinnamon.
  3. Cover the dry babka with the liquid mixture. Toss the babka to ensure that it is coated evenly. Let the mixture stand for two hours OR place it in the fridge overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 340°F/171°C. 
  5. Put the babka bread pudding mixture into a lightly oiled baking dish. Gently spread the babka mixture into the baking dish but don’t pack it down. 
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  7. Let the babka bread pudding cool for 10 minutes before adding the icing.

For the glaze:

  1. Using a whisk or a hand mixer, mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. *Optional: Add another 1-2 tbsp. of milk to achieve a runnier consistency.
  3. Drizzle glaze over cooled loaf.

Notes

  • If you are using a smaller babka or half a leftover babka you can cut this recipe in half.
  • The amount of milk you are using will vary, depending on how dry the babka is.
  • The babka bread pudding mixture is much better if it is allowed to sit in the fridge overnight.
  • Please understand that cooking times may vary depending on your oven and recipe batch size. 

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