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The best blueberry cream cheese Babka is, prepared with a yeast-leavened dough. It is rolled out, filled with fillings, braided, and baked to perfection.

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Babka is a sweet braided bread or cake filled with sweet spreads. It is a basic bread or brioche recipe used. So it is a lot like bread with a much sweeter filling.

You can follow any bread or brioche recipe as per your wish. For this babka recipe, I chose my favouriteSweet Milk Breadrecipe. Also, the two fillings areEasy Blueberry jamand cream cheese filling. Trust, the combination of the two spreads was delicious and finger-licking good.

Why is Babka easy to make?

Baking babka is simple and easy as it needs a handful of ingredients in the pantry. The filling is purely one’s optional and endless. As this is my first Babka recipe in my blog, you can expect more variations of babkas in the future. I’ve chalked down my list of variations, which I will share in the variation section.

What is The blueberry cream cheese babka made of?

  • all-purpose flour
  • yeast
  • milk
  • butter
  • sugar
  • salt
  • Easy Blueberry jam
  • cream cheese
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How is Best blueberry cream cheese babka made?

The making of Babka is the same as making a regular bread recipe. Bloom the yeast in lukewarm milk. Add all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt and combine well in a stand mixer. Then add the bloomed yeast milk mixture and run the mixer until it forms a dough. Then add the milk and let it mix until it forms a smooth, shiny dough. Transfer the dough into a bowl and cover well for the first proof. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to rise. Wait until the dough has well risen. Now punch the dough to deflate the gas.

Rolling the dough

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and shape it into a rectangle according to your pan size. Use a spoon or an offset spatula spread cream cheese over the rolled rectangle dough. Now spread blueberry jam above the cream cheese. Using both hands roll up the rectangle as shown and seal well.

Shaping the dough

Using a knife, gently cut the log leaving the top edge shown. Divide the halves, with the cut layers facing up. Now plait the dough as shown and seal well. Gently lift the dough into the loaf pan. Squeeze the end of the dough and place it. Cover the pan for a second rise until it rises doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 180 * C and bake the babka dough for 30 to 35 minutes until the top turns golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven. Let it cool in the pan for only eight to ten minutes. Transfer the babka from the pan onto a cooling rack. Smear some butter on the babka and cover the bread with a kitchen towel. Do not slice immediately. Wait at least six to eight hours to cut a perfect slice.

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Filling variations for babka

Filling for babka is purely optional. Traditionally the filling will be melted chocolate and cinnamon. As I was going through social media, I could see repeated chocolate filling and very few blueberry compotes babkas. I chose to fill the babka with blueberry jam and cream cheese filling. You can also fill butter and jam. It is a good combo, and my next try would be that. Also, apple and cinnamon and all berries compote or jam are perfect for the babka filling. Chocolate with nuts and dried fruits with cream cheese or butter would also be a yummy filling.

Some savoury fillings for babka.

Some savory fillings are Pesto sauce with ricotta cheese, onion with mozzarella, mint chutney with butter, etc. You can try grated vegetables with any spicy chutneys. Potatoes with cheese are also my choice.

Let’s see step-by step preparation of the best blueberry cream cheese babka.

In a stand mixer add all-purpose flour, salt and sugar as shown. Gently mix the flour mixture on low speed for few seconds. Now add bloomed yeast mixture ( add 1 1/2 tsp yeast in 1/4 cup of lukewarm milk ) to the flour mixture and run the stand mixer for a minute.

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Then add 1 cup whole milk to the flour mixture and run the stand mixer for five to six minutes. Now switch off the power. Scrape the dough from all the sides until all the dough mixture combines well. Add a teaspoon of unsalted room temperature butter and start kneading on high speed for four to five minutes.

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You can see that the smooth, soft, shiny dough is ready. Check the dough by Window Pane Test. Just stretch the dough and see if the dough doesn’t break. If so the dough is perfect.

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Grease a bowl and transfer the dough and smear oil on top of the dough. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or cling wrap.

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Allow the dough to rise for 11/2 to 2 hours or until it doubles in size. Punch down the dough to deflate the air.

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Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and shape it into a rectangle according to your pan size.

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Use a spoon or an offset spatula spread cream cheese over the rolled rectangle dough.

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Now spread blueberry jam above the cream cheese.

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Using both hands roll up the rectangle as shown and seal well.

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Using a knife, gently cut the log leaving the top edge shown.

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Divide the halves, with the cut layers facing up.

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Now twist the dough as shown and seal well.

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Gently lift the dough into the loaf pan. Squeeze the end of the dough and place it. Cover the pan for a second rise until it rises doubled in size.

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Preheat the oven to 180 * C and bake the babka dough for 30 to 35 minutes until the top turns golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven. Let it cool in the pan for only eight to ten minutes.

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Serving suggestion

Transfer the babka from the pan onto a cooling rack. Smear some butter on the babka and cover the bread with a kitchen towel. Do not slice immediately. Wait at least six to eight hours to cut a perfect slice. Serve as it with a cuppa coffee or milk or toast the slice.

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How to store The best blueberry cream cheese babka?

If you make big batches ahead of the holidays and want to spend quality time with family and friends, this Babka is the perfect recipe to make ahead and store. Before wrapping with the cling film, let it cool completely. Freeze it, and it will stay fresh for up to three months. Before serving, thaw to room temperature and microwave for a few minutes, or toast on a gas top.

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The Best blueberry cream cheese babka

Jayanthy Asokan

It is the most delicious recipe for Baka filled with blueberry jam and cream cheese filling. It is perfect for the holidays and breakfast and brunch for the kid's lunch box.

5 from 3 votes

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Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 25 mins

(Video) BEST Blueberry Babka | sweet twisted blueberry bread | easy and super delicious!

Proofing Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch

Cuisine Eastern European

Servings 5

Calories 385.7 kcal

Equipment

  • Microwave Convection Oven

  • Stand mixer

  • 12" loaf pan

  • Wide bowl

  • Rolling Pin

  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • cup all-purpose flour
  • cup milk (lukewarm) ( ¼ cup milk for blooming the yeast)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp butter

For filling

  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp Easy Blueberry jam

Instructions

  • In a stand mixer add all-purpose flour, salt and sugar as shown. Gently mix the flour mixture on low speed for few seconds. Now add bloomed yeast mixture ( add 1 1/2 tsp yeast in 1/4 cup of lukewarm milk ) to the flour mixture and run the stand mixer for a minute.

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  • Then add 1 cup whole milk to the flour mixture and run the stand mixer for five to six minutes. Now switch off the power. Scrape the dough from all the sides until all the dough mixture combines well. Add a teaspoon of unsalted room temperature butter and start kneading on high speed for four to five minutes.

  • You can see that the smooth, soft, shiny dough is ready. Check the dough by Window Pane Test. Just stretch the dough and see if the dough doesn’t break. If so the dough is perfect.

  • Grease a bowl and transfer the dough and smear oil on top of the dough. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or cling wrap.

  • Allow the dough to rise for 11/2 to 2 hours or until it doubles in size. Punch down the dough to deflate the air.

  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and shape it into a rectangle according to your pan size.

  • Use a spoon or an offset spatula spread cream cheese over the rolled rectangle dough.

  • Now spread blueberry jam above the cream cheese.

  • Using both hands roll up the rectangle as shown and seal well.

  • Using a knife, gently cut the log leaving the top edge shown.

  • Divide the halves, with the cut layers facing up.

  • Now twist the dough as shown and seal well.

  • Gently lift the dough into the loaf pan. Squeeze the end of the dough and place it. Cover the pan for a second rise until it rises doubled in size.

  • Preheat the oven to 180 * C and bake the babka dough for 30 to 35 minutes until the top turns golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven. Let it cool in the pan for only eight to ten minutes.

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SERVING SUGGESTION

  • Transfer the babka from the pan onto a cooling rack. Smear some butter on the babka and cover the bread with a kitchen towel. Do not slice immediately. Wait at least six to eight hours to cut a perfect slice. Serve as it with a cuppa coffee or milk or toast the slice.

Notes

Firstly ,first proof is important to allow the yeast and gluten to develop and it helps in enhancing the flavour of the Bread.

And the second proof is also important to get a high risen airy and light Bread Loaf.

Do not over- proof the babka bread dough as it result in an un pleasant yeast flavour.

Do not over – proof at second stage as it end up with a babka loaf where the crust separates from the Loaf.

Always buy good branded fresh yeast.

Home-made Babka bread will stay fresh for two to three days only on the kitchen counter. You can freeze it for up to two months. Before serving, thaw babka and serve with cuppa milk or toast the slice with butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 2sliceCalories: 385.7kcalCarbohydrates: 71.1gProtein: 10.4gFat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 3.4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 14.8mgSodium: 281.4mgPotassium: 133.7mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 7.7gVitamin A: 186.8IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 22.6mgIron: 3.9mg

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FAQs

Do you have to refrigerate cheese babka? ›

It will keep for about 3 days on the counter or up to 5 refrigerated. Freeze the babka loaf by wrapping in a layer of plastic wrap, then foil and then placing in a zip-top bag. The babka will keep for 1-2 months in the freezer. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

What's the difference between babka and brioche? ›

“Unlike the butter-rich, non-Jewish babka, Jewish versions were usually kept parve by using oil,” which meant they were “firmer and slightly drier than brioche." What they lacked in richness they made up for “with the delightful swirls,” and the inclusion of chocolate was a mid-twentieth century American Jewish ...

What nationality is babka bread? ›

Babka originated in the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe in the early 19th century. Part bread, part cake, the name is thought to derive from a popular Easter cake made in Poland called “baba” which means “grandmother” in Polish.

Is Krantz cake the same as babka? ›

Krantz cakes have now taken on the label of babka in many bakeries, as they are an easy connection and selling point with customers. We all know this is a cake pastry, but in fact masqueraded as a bread, smeared with spreads, most typically chocolate or cinnamon.

Is babka good the next day? ›

Babka will stay fresh for 24 hours in an airtight container at room temperature. Do not place it in the fridge. It also freezes well for up to 2 months. To thaw, leave at room temperature for 2 hours, or overnight in the fridge.

Does babka freeze well? ›

Babka thaws surprisingly well after being frozen! To freeze a loaf of babka, let it cool completely on your counter before wrapping it in a few layers of plastic wrap. Then wrap it in a layer of tin foil and put it in your freezer.

What is Brooklyn babka? ›

This is like a cross between bread and a croissant, all marbled and swirled with chocolate. The top is glazed and studded with chocolate chips. Bonus: babka is super fun to say.

Are challah and babka the same? ›

Babka developed in the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe in the early 19th century. Extra challah dough was rolled up with fruit jam or cinnamon and baked as a loaf alongside the challah.

Why is my babka dry? ›

To my friend who posted on February 19: Your dough is dry because kneading for 16-20 minutes is WAY too long. Babka is delicate, not at all like regular bread dough and should not be kneaded but for maybe 30 seconds to combine the softened butter as the last step (far less than even this recipe recommends).

What do you eat babka with? ›

Both the chocolate and the cinnamon fillings I chose to make were equally delicious with just the right amount of sweetness making the babka perfect as a decadent breakfast treat or as a snack along with tea or coffee.

Is babka breakfast or dessert? ›

Babka is a sweet dessert with Jewish roots. Somewhere between bread and cake, its name comes from “babcia,” a Slavic term of endearment for “grandmother.”

Can you eat babka for breakfast? ›

Not that New Yorkers' love of babka is anything new, and it's easy to see why. Babka's rich, buttery, brioche-like crumb, woven with ribbons of chocolate, is unfussy and approachable. You can eat it as dessert or breakfast, as a brunch side or a quick snack.

How do you keep babka fresh? ›

Store your babka at room temperature in the provided packaging using the reseal tab on the back if opened; do not refrigerate. Our babkas are baked daily and, if you can resist eating them, will stay delicious for up to 5 days after purchase.

Is povitica the same as babka? ›

What is the Difference Between Babka and Povitica? Babka may be the most well-known, but it is not the only twisted or braided bread from Eastern Europe. Povitica, an Easter bread from Slovenia and Croatia, is a similar enriched bread rolled with a walnut filling.

Is babka a brioche dough? ›

Babka is a sweet braided bread (or double twisted) bread made by the Jewish communities in Poland and Ukraine. It is a rich, buttery, brioche dough typically baked in a high loaf pan. The traditional filling is of course chocolate. But you can use almost anything from fruit fillings, curds, to sauces and creams.

Should babka be warmed? ›

I can now attest, having consumed the whole thing (ok, I shared a little), that warmed up babka is not the better way of eating babka. It is the only way. Even if you're not a huge babka fan, I suggest you give it one more warmed-up try.

Why is my babka dense? ›

Dense or heavy bread can be the result of not kneading the dough long enough. Mixing the salt and yeast together or Losing patience in the middle of molding your bread and there is not enough tension in your finished loaf before baking.

How long does babka last in the freezer? ›

Stale babka has a decadent second life as french toast, monkey bread or bread pudding. You can freeze your babkas for up to 30 days after they're baked.

How long is babka good for? ›

Chocolate Babka will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. For longer storage, wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil for up to 1 month. To defrost, place on the countertop for several hours, and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 10 minutes before serving.

What makes a babka a babka? ›

Babka is a dense cake, although it looks a little like a bread. It's a sweet yeast dough filled with fudgy chocolate or cinnamon in layers and baked. It also sometimes has a streusel on top. You may recognize it as that beautiful piece of cake/bread on your Instagram with hundreds of swirls of chocolate.

How do you know if babka is done? ›

When it's finished, the loaf will be a deep golden brown on top and sound hollow when the bottom is tapped. You can also use a thermometer to check the internal temperature, which will be 185º F when the loaf is finished. Let the babka cool to room temperature before slicing.

Where does Trader Joe's get their babka? ›

Chocolate Babka is a sweet, swirly, cake loaf rooted in Eastern European Jewish traditions. Trader Joe's Chocolate Babka is made for them by a small, kosher bakery in Brooklyn that literally grew out of a grandmother's kitchen.

What babka means? ›

: a glazed sweet bread made with dried fruit (such as raisins)

Is Trader Joe's babka Pas Yisroel? ›

Trader Joe's brand of Chocolate Brooklyn Babka, Cinnamon Babka and Half Moon Cookies are all Pas Yisroel.

How many calories are in a slice of babka? ›

262 calories

Is babka rugelach? ›

These festive, fudgy confections are a mash-up of two traditional Jewish favorites: rugelach and chocolate babka. They have a tender, flaky pastry wrapped around a bittersweet truffle-like filling that's sprinkled with chopped nuts or cocoa nibs for a contrasting crunch.

What does babka taste like? ›

Babka is a sweet, buttery yeast bread. Usually, a babka has swirls of chocolate running throughout but another popular flavor is cinnamon. Those swirls pull apart into delectable, irresistible layers.

Is babka dough sticky? ›

It allows the flour to absorb the water, which will make the dough less sticky and easier to knead — and help prevent you from adding too much flour, which would make your babka dry. After about 20 minutes, mix/knead the dough until it's soft and smooth.

Can you over knead bread? ›

Bread Loaves made with over-kneaded dough commonly end up with a hard crust and dry interior. Often upon cutting, slices will crumble. If your perfect bread loaf turns into a crumbly mess, don't worry. The overworked dough will work great when used as croutons or breadcrumbs.

How do you add moisture to dough? ›

If your dough is too dry, you may need to add water to the recipe. Try adding one or two teaspoons of water to the dough, and knead it. If your flour isn't too old, then you may want to try higher-quality flour.

How do you slice a babka? ›

Starting on the long side closest to you, roll the dough into a long log and pinch it closed, sealing the seam and the ends. Using scissors or a sharp serrated knife, cut the log in half lengthwise. Don't worry if the filling begins to fall out, just hold the dough together as best you can. Messy is still delicious!

Is panettone like babka? ›

Panettone, babka and brioche are yeasted sweet breads enriched with butter, eggs, milk and sugar. From there they have diverged.

What kind of babka is there? ›

  • It seems like everything old is new again these days where food is concerned, and that includes the recent renaissance of babka. ...
  • 1Chocolate Babka. ...
  • 2Chocolate Cherry Rum Babka. ...
  • 3Cinnamon Babka. ...
  • 4Pumpkin Cinnamon Babka. ...
  • 5Toblerone Babka & Caramelized White Chocolate Babka. ...
  • 6Apricot-Cinnamon Babka. ...
  • 7Polish Easter Babka.
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Where does the name babka come from? ›

The original name was likely "baba," meaning grandmother. One theory says that with the "modern era's" smaller sizes the name shifted to the diminutive, "babka," meaning "little grandmother." Some others say the tall shape they were made in resembles a grandmother's pleated skirts.

Can you eat babka at Passover? ›

Chocolate babka: a sweet bread treat made with enriched dough and layered with chocolate – a weekend project you'll be glad you made. Greetings, Easter (and Passover***) bunnies! ***This babka is leavened and therefore not suitable for Passover, if your family, unlike ours, cares about such things.

Is babka a Passover food? ›

Matzah Babka is a traditional Passover recipe for Russian Jews. To make matzah babka, the matzo pieces are moistened with water, then mixed with the egg and then fried on a frying pan. The whole Babka pancake is then flipped and fried on the other side.

Can you freeze Trader Joe's babka? ›

Can you freeze Trader Joe's babka? Yes, this product can easily be frozen and defrosted when you are ready to enjoy it.

Does Zabars make their own babka? ›

Eli Zabar makes his traditional babka with a chocolate and almond schmear, raspberry jam, and raisins.

Does Zabars babka have nuts? ›

Places like Zabar's, Dean & Deluca, Katz's Deli, and Russ & Daughters unwrap this stuff and sell it as their own—usually without crediting Green's. It's good. Good enough for Green's to have come into a babka monopoly. And by some Jewish miracle, it's all nut-free.

When should I freeze babka dough? ›

​When can I use my Freezer When Babka Baking? Freeze the dough: After you have mixed it, kneaded it and left it to rise for about an hour, you can freeze the dough. This is my favourite freezing stage.

How long does babka dough last in fridge? ›

But it'll be just as good at room temperature too. This loaf of chocolate babka doesn't last very long in our house, which is why I always make TWO at a time. You can keep the loaf in an air-tight container and in the fridge (or a cool, dry area) for about 5 days.

Can I freeze Zabars babka? ›

It is by far the best I've had so far and I just learned it can be frozen for up to 4 months. If you're in NY in the UWS you must stop in at Zabar's!

Is potica like babka? ›

Consisting of a butter-and-egg-enriched yeast dough that is spread with a nut filling and then rolled up, potica might remind you of babka. “We'll have it for holidays or special occasions,” Zunic said, especially Easter, when the treat rivals eggs in terms of importance on the Slovenian table.

How do you pronounce povitica? ›

Known as Potica (poh-TEET-sah) among Slovenians and povitica (poh-vee-TEET-sah) among Croatians, this sweet or savory pastry is made with a yeast-raised dough that is rolled or stretched out thinly and then spread with a filling.

What nationality is povitica? ›

Povitica. The povitica, a traditional Croatian and partly Slovenian pastry, is made from buttery pastry dough rolled into very thin layers and covered with a layer of brown sugar, spices, and walnuts.

How do you keep babka from burning? ›

Tenting them with aluminum foil halfway through can prevent burning and allow your babka to bake thoroughly.

Is brioche like challah? ›

Yes, challah bread is similar to brioche. Challah bread is typically a Jewish bread that is kosher with no dairy in it. On the other hand, brioche is a french bread made with similar ingredients and it included butter rather than an oil such as vegetable oil. Overall, they taste pretty similar.

Whats a brioche bun? ›

What is brioche? Brioche is a French type of bread that is made with yeast, flour, and a large amount of eggs and butter. The high butter content is what gives brioche bread that fluffy and tender texture.

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