Festive babka gets an update in this Chocolate Chili Peanut Babka!

Festive babka gets an update in this Chocolate Chili Peanut Babka!

Babkas are so totally holiday. And even though Seinfeld brought babkas to the mainstream (“you can’t beat a babka!”), babkas aren’t as popular as you’d think.

I have no idea why, because they’re freaking delicious and totally stunning.

Plus, it’s chocolate + bread. Pffff. Yes please. (Can we talk about the fact that this recipe makes two loaves, not because it needed to, but because I wanted double the babka? It’s the truth.) 

Festive babka gets an update in this Chocolate Chili Peanut Babka!

And this isn’t just any babka. Instead of the traditional babka made with a chocolate filling, this babka’s filling is made with dark cocoa chili candied peanuts. It’s like a peanut butter cup with a kick.

You blend the peanuts finely in a food processor to produce a glorious filling that gets tucked inside the most delicious brioche-like bread. It’s super airy and holds its structure under the weight of the filling.

Festive babka gets an update in this Chocolate Chili Peanut Babka!

And of course being the 7th day of my 12 Days Of Giveaways, there is a prize to give out! I’m partnering with Lush Nuts to give away some of their new artisan mixes! I’ve devoured eaten all of them, and they are perfect for the holidays!

I actually just got up to grab a handful of two six nine. Judge away.

Festive babka gets an update in this Chocolate Chili Peanut Babka!

So be sure to enter the giveaway below for the chance to win some delicious goodies. Wishing you all luck!!

PS- can’t wait for the giveaway to end? Get all Lush Nuts products for 20% off when you use the code ‘bromabakery’ at checkout 😉

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Chocolate Chili Peanut Babka

  • Prep Time: 3 hours 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
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Ingredients

For the bread

  • 1/2 cup whole milk, lukewarm
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk (save the white for an egg wash before baking)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

For the chocolate chili peanut filling

For the sugar syrup

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup boiling water

Instructions

  1. In a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix the milk, yeast, salt, eggs and yolk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Slowly incorporate the flour, then mix on low speed for about 10 minutes. Dough will be very tough and hard, but this is right! Next, spoon in the butter and mix for an additional 10 or so minutes. At first the butter will look super greasy, but by the third or so minute it will begin to incorporate into the dough. The dough will be ready when is soft and smooth like the skin on the underside of your wrist.
  2. Coat a large bowl with oil and place the dough into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to proof in a warm place for 1 hour.
  3. Line two standard-size loaf pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  4. In a food processor, pulse the Dark Cocoa Chili Peanuts until they resemble a fine sand. Place into a small bowl and mix with sugar and melted butter. Set aside.
  5. On a floured work surface, roll dough into a 12″x20″ rectangle. Spread filling evenly over dough, then cut dough in half lengthwise so you have two 12″x10″ rectangles. Roll each rectangle into a log (rolling from the 12″ side) and, using a sharp knife, cut off the ends of the roll so they’re even.
  6. Cut the first log in half widthwise. You will end up with two half cylinders. Fold one half over the other, then fold again, creating a braided dough. Carefully transfer the braid into one of the prepared loaf pans. Repeat with second log.
  7. Cover both loaf pans with plastic wrap and allow to proof in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove plastic wrap from loaf pans. Brush the babkas with remaining egg white, saved from above. Bake for 35 minutes, until the babkas are a medium golden brown.
  9. While the babkas are baking, combine sugar and hot water, mixing until sugar dissolves completely. Once out of the oven, brush babkas with sugar syrup. Allow to cool slightly, then serve!

This post was generously sponsored by Lush Nuts. All opinions are 100% my own!

51 comments

Stephanie-Oh
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I’ve never made Babka but this recipe sounds intriguing. Love this giveaway. Thank you.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Stephanie! I highly recommend 🙂

Liz @ Floating Kitchen
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This is gorgeous, Sarah! And you are so right about Seinfeld making babka mainstream. Because honestly, I don’t think I had really heard of them before that episode (which is one of my favorites, by the way!). Love the addition of the spicy peanuts – I bet it makes such a great pairing with chocolate!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? It still hasn’t surpassed the cronut, though.

Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
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I bet these nuts make this bread AMAZING! I tried my hand at babka last year and it was not terribly hard, so I think I need to get my hands on this one 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It’s not! Do let me know if you make it 🙂

Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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This bread is not only beautiful … but the flavours! Awesome 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jennifer! Flavors = total winner

Simone Sika
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That looks so gorgeous to eat!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You bet!! Thanks Simone!

Kara
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This looks wonderful, and what a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Of course, Kara! Good luck!

Judith
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love babka!

Ellie
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I’ve never made Babka before, but this looks incredible! And totally gorgeous.
xxoo, Ellie
Hungry by Nature

Anushka Wickramaratne
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This looks gorgeous! Can’t wait to try making it.

Melussa D. sC
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This is a huge blessing of giveaways thanks so much!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
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oh my gawd, woman! GORGEOUS!!!!

Rakhee@boxofspice
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Chocolate + chili = genius! I love that combo. I just saw your pull apart bread and now this?!!!!! Absolutely beautiful Sarah!

Sandy
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Love love chocolate and bread!

Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)
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This is seriously such a stunner. I could take this entire loaf down by myself!

Nicole
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I love Lush Gourmets fancy nuts and putting them in babka is pure genius!

Zoë
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I must make this bread! All my favorite things!

Bianca
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that babka is gorgeous!

grace
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i always think of seinfeld when i see babka. 🙂

heather koons
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Can’t wait to try it!

Megan {Country Cleaver}
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I’m with Jerry Seinfeld – Nothing beats a babka, for sure!! They are so underappreciated – and they need their time in the spot light!

Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
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Just gorgeous Sarah!! Flavors are fabulous! I’d have a hard time sharin’!!

jan
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I can’t wait to make this recipe… looks amazing!

Elisabeth
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Thanks so much for this giveaway!

Larissa Creighton
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LOVE this and thank you so much for this opportunity!

Jennifer Farley
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This looks absolutely wonderful!

Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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This is absolutely stunning and has some seriously awesome flavors happening! Love it 🙂

Dandi D
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This recipe looks amazing and what a fun giveaway!

Linda | The Baker Who Kerns
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Wow dark chocolate chili peanuts. Now that’s gotta be a killer combination! This babka looks amazing!

Susan Broughton
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This recipe looks like it would be so tasty! Sounds like it too

Dana S
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mmm love babka!

Deborah Farris
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What a wonderful recipe! I am looking forward to trying it!

Jess @ Sweetest Menu
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Incredible babka right there! Love the unique flavour pairings!

ALyssa
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I love your blog and all of your recipes! I went to the university of Michigan and love seeing all of your snap chat videos when you go and visit! Keep up the great content!

Valerie sanders
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Looks yummy to the tummy

Sarah Scott
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This recipe looks oh-so-delicious, I’m looking forward to making it for one of the many upcoming holiday events and don’t even get me started on this giveaway!!

Heather S
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I would love to win this for my boy 🙂

Tracie Cooper
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I would love to make this bread for my hubby!

June @ How to Philosophize with Cake
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Yess, babkas should be much, much more mainstream. They are just so great. I love this variation, that is a divine-sounding trio of flavors in there!!

Maria
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WOW – looks delicious!

l ll
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Yummers

Kalyani N
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I would love to try this!!

greentopiaries
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Wow, this looks great! Yummy!

Nela Holmes
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Oh man, I would love to try this someday! :9

Sabrina
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Wow, what an awesome version of babka! It looks amazing!

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