Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka

These Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka are filled with chocolate and topped with chocolate crumbs and covered with an orange glaze.

Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka

I’m a bad self promoter.

The closer and closer we get to my cookbook Holy Sweet! publishing day (November 17th) the more I realize I don’t like talking about myself.

I like talking. 🙂

And writing obviously.

But man I suck at tooting my own horn.

Even when people tell me congratulations on the book I oddly respond it was no big deal.

Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka

Which it is a big deal.

Because it is a lot of work.

I know that I was warned by all of my food blogging friends who had made a cookbook.

But it’s one of those things that until you do it you just don’t know.

So I’m working on just telling people thank you when they congratulated me.

Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka

And I really enjoyed the process of writing the book.

But now as I have to go out and nudge people to buy my book I’m kind of failing at that.

It’s why I never went into sales.

Because I would ask “interested in buying that shirt?”.



I’m not a hard press kind of gal.

So if you could go buy my cookbook that would be great. 🙂

I’m not looking to sell a million I’m just trying to get my publisher to not regret investing in me.

Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka

Now on to this Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka.

Yes, another babka.

And yes, another baked good with crumbs on top. 🙂

Hard to go wrong with yeasted cake (I think of it more of a bread though).

One that is slathered in chocolate fudge.

And then topped with chocolate crumbs.

Then drenched in orange glaze.


Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka

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Chocolate Orange Crumb Babka


  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar, plus 1 TBSP, divided
  • 4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, more as needed
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • For the Filling:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 8 TBSP unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Chocolate Streusel:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 ½ TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the Glaze:
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice (approximately)


  1. For the Dough:
  2. In a small saucepan or a bowl in the microwave, warm the milk until it’s lukewarm but not hot (about 110 degrees).
  3. Add yeast and a pinch of sugar and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, until slightly foamy.
  4. In an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, or in a food processor, mix together flour, 1/3 cup sugar, the salt, the vanilla, the orange zest and the nutmeg.
  5. Beat or process in the yeast mixture and eggs until the dough comes together in a soft mass, about 2 minutes.
  6. If the dough sticks to the side of the bowl and doesn’t come together, add a tablespoon more flour at a time until it does, beating very well in between additions.
  7. Add half the butter and beat or pulse until the dough is smooth and elastic, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed. Beat in the rest of the butter and continue to beat or pulse until the dough is smooth and stretchy, another 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Again, if the dough sticks to the sides of the bowl, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  9. Butter a clean bowl, form the dough into a ball and roll it around in the bowl so all sides are buttered.
  10. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place (inside of a turned-off oven with the oven light on is good) until it puffs and rises, about 1 to 2 hours. It may not double in bulk but it should rise.
  11. Press the dough down with your hands, re-cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight (or, in a pinch, for at least 4 hours, but the flavor won’t be as developed).
  12. For the Filling:
  13. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, cream and salt.
  14. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar completely dissolves, about 5 minutes. Scrape mixture into a bowl.
  15. Stir in chocolate, butter and vanilla until smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
  16. Prepare the streusel: In a bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
  17. Stir in melted butter until it is evenly distributed and forms large, moist crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips. Streusel can be prepared up to 3 days ahead and stored, covered, in the fridge.
  18. Butter two 9-inch loaf pans, then line with parchment paper, leaving 2 inches of paper hanging over on the sides to use as handles later.
  19. Remove dough from refrigerator and divide in half.
  20. On a floured surface, roll one piece into a 9-by-17-inch rectangle. Spread with half the filling (there’s no need to leave a border).
  21. Starting with a long side, roll into a tight coil. Transfer the coil onto a dish towel or piece of plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Repeat with the other piece of dough.
  22. Slice one of the dough coils in half lengthwise to expose the filling.
  23. Twist the halves together as if you were braiding them, then fold the braid in half so it’s about 9 inches long.
  24. Place into a prepared pan, letting it curl around itself if it’s a little too long for the pan. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until puffy (it won’t quite double).
  25. Alternatively, you can cover the pans with plastic wrap and let them rise in the refrigerator overnight; bring them back to room temperature for an hour before baking.
  26. When you’re ready to bake, heat the oven to 350F.
  27. Use your fingers to clump streusel together and scatter all over the tops of the cakes.
  28. Transfer to oven and bake until a tester goes into the cakes without any rubbery resistance and comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. The cakes will also sound hollow if you unmold them and tap on the bottom. An instant-read thermometer will read between 185 and 210 degrees.
  29. As soon as the cakes come out of the oven, use a skewer or paring knife to pierce them all over going all the way to the bottom of the cakes.
  30. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
  31. For the Glaze:
  32. Whisk all the ingredients together and drizzle over the two babkas. If too thick add more orange juice. If too thin add more powdered sugar.

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