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It's officially winter which means it’s time to indulge in some comforting foods. This delicious chocolate babka is the best cake to enjoy with a hot drink on a cold day. It’s the dessert that my family loves the most and the best part is that it's parve (non-dairy).
Usually, babka is made with butter and milk and the dough is rich with flavors. This pareve babka is still very rich and delicious despite the lack of dairy products. For the filling, I used non-dairy chocolate spread, if you can't find any then you can use the chocolate filling I made from scratch for my parve rugalach recipe. You can also fill your babka with other types of spreads and flavors.
This babka is sweet, soft with chocolaty gooey inside. What else can you ask for?
Often babka recipes call for brushing the cake with egg wash and adding sugar syrup after baking. I prefer to not brush my chocolate babka with egg wash and I skip the sugar syrup as well. The outcome is very good and that’s how I like it!
To shape the babka, you need to roll the dough into a rectangle. Spread the chocolate spread - try to spread and cover all of the dough, no one wants to have just dough with no chocolate. Then you make a roll of the rectangle, cut to 2, and braid the 2 strands.
For more cake recipes, check my cakes recipe index. If you are interested in a dairy babka I posted a cheese babka recipe just before Shavuot, it's so good!
Recipe yields 2 loaves
Let's start making this yummy parve chocolate babka: