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By Gloria Lilley

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Babka

timerPrep Time: 20 minutes

groupsServes: People

This eye catching babka is given a seasonal twist of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. The effect is a mellow and fragrant loaf that is perfect for the autumn nights. Great as a breakfast loaf, pick me up in the afternoon or a treat after supper. Whatever you do be sure to enjoy with your favourite drink!


For the pumpkin dough

180g Water (luke warm 30c)
7g Instant yeast
25ml Honey
20g Granulated sugar
1 Egg
60g Cooked, mashed pumpkin
80g Melted butter
520g Bread flour
7g Salt

For the pumpkin spice

1 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp Ground cloves
3/4 tsp Ground ginger
3/4 tsp Nutmeg

For the chocolate filling

128g 70% Divine Dark Chocolate
60g Icing sugar
2g Salt
30g Divine Cocoa Powder
80g Butter (melted)
30g Cocoa Nibs


Step 1

Melt the butter in a microwave and set aside to cool. Weigh out all the ingredients and set aside. Using a stand mixer, add the water followed by the yeast, honey, sugar, egg, pumpkin, flour, pumpkin spice and salt.

Step 2

Using a dough hook, on a low speed, mix for about three minutes until combined. Then, increase the speed and knead for an additional 10 minutes. Your dough is ready when you pat it and it doesn’t stick to your hand. Roll into ball, cover and allow to double in size about 45minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, prepare the chocolate filling: Melt the chocolate and butter on a low heat, add the icing sugar and cocoa butter and salt. Whisk together until smooth then allow to cool. Butter two 1lb bread tins.

Step 4

Divide the dough into two. On a pastry mat, spread a teaspoon of oil, and the same amount on your rolling pin, then carefully roll out the dough into a rectangle. Use half the chocolate filling and spread out. Be sure to leave a 5cm around the edge add the cocoa nibs and roll. Repeat with the second dough.

Step 5

Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the dough into half, then twist the dough keeping the filling facing up. Tuck the ends into each other and lift into the baking tin and cover. Repeat with the second dough. The dough is ready when it has doubled in size-about 45 minutes. With 20 minutes until the finished rise, pre-heat the oven at 170℃.

Step 6

Make an egg wash. Combine one egg and teaspoon of milk and whisk. Glaze the loaves. Be careful to glaze as much as possible to avoid patches.

Step 7

Bake for 35-40minutes. Allow to cool and serve with a cool glass of milk or if you prefer a cup of tea.

Made using Divine Cocoa (125g)

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