How do you make Babka?

What is Babka? Babka is made from a doubled and twisted length of yeast dough and is typically baked in a high loaf pan. You can use fruit filling or cinnamon and/or chocolate. This was my first time making Babka and I think it came out delicious.


  • , use refrigerated pizza dough.

For the Babka-

  • 1-1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 pkgs active dry yeast
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 TBSP kosher salt
  • 4 eggs + 2 yolks – room temperature
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1-3/4 cup olive oil

Cinnamon- Chocolate filling

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Raspberry Filling

  • 1 jar raspberry preserves


  • For the Babka- Mix water, yeast, 1 cup flour and salt in a bowl. Cover with a towel and set aside until the top is foamy.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs, honey and olive oil.
  • Pour the yeast mixture into an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, add the egg mixture and turn on the mixer to low. Add the flour a little bit at a time until it is incorporated. Change to a dough hook and knead for at least 5 minutes.
  • Grease a large bowl with oil and place dough in. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour until dough has doubled.
  • Grease 3 9x5 loaf pans and line with parchment paper.
  • Cut the dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll one piece out to a large rectangle.
  • Place your choice of filling on the dough.
  • Roll the dough up like a jelly roll with the long end.
  • Slice the rolled up dough in half lengthwise and twist the dough a few times (5 or 6) and place into prepare pan.
  • Repeat with the remaining 2 pieces of dough.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Let the three pans of dough rise for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes.
  • Lower the oven to 325 and bake for an additional15 minutes.