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Eggnog Babka

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Eggnog Babka Recipe
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With Hanukkah and Christmas overlapping this year, we've decided to combine the two holidays into one incredible dessert: eggnog babka. Eggnog is reduced before being turned into a ganache with white chocolate that is spread over the babka dough. To finish things off, we glaze the babka with a brandy syrup as soon as it comes out of the oven for a boozy ending to this sweet with plenty of holiday spirit.

The white chocolate and reduced eggnog make a ganache that thickens into the babka filling. You want to make sure the filling is completely cool before you try spreading and rolling it. If the filling hasn’t thickened to the consistency of Nutella, pop it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to firm it up.

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Eggnog Babka

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus proofing and cooling time

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, plus proofing and cooling time

Ingredients

For the Filling:

3 cups eggnog

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups white chocolate chips, divided

For the Dough:

1 cup eggnog, warmed to 115°

2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

5¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ cup granulated sugar

4 eggs, divided

1 stick unsalted butter, cubed and softened, plus more for greasing

For the Glaze:

¼ cup brandy

¼ cup granulated sugar

Directions

1. Make the filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the eggnog and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then cook until thickened, 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of the white chocolate until the chocolate is melted and incorporated. Let cool completely. Roughly chop the remaining 1 cup of white chocolate and set aside.

2. Make the dough: In a large bowl, combine the eggnog and yeast. Let sit until it begins to foam, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cinnamon, and set aside.

3. To the foamy yeast mixture, add the granulated sugar and 3 eggs, and whisk to combine. Slowly stir in the flour until a dough forms, then transfer to a lightly floured surface. Using your hands, knead in the softened butter, a little at a time, until a smooth dough forms. Place in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

4. Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small saucepan, combine the brandy and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

5. Assemble the babka: Preheat the oven to 350° and grease two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans. Divide the dough into 2 balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 ball of dough out into a 14-inch square, about ⅛ inch thick.

6. Spread half of the filling evenly over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1-inch margin at the top of the square. Sprinkle half of the chopped chocolate over the filling. Starting with the edge closest to you, roll the dough up tightly. Leaving ½ inch of dough intact, cut the roll lengthwise into two strands. Twist the strands together and pinch at the end to seal. Carefully place the babka in one of the prepared pans.

7. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and filling. Cover both babkas loosely with plastic wrap and place in a warm area until the dough expands to fill the pan, 45 minutes more.

8. In a small bowl, beat the remaining egg and liberally brush onto each babka. Bake, rotating halfway through, until golden and cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes. As soon as the babkas come out of the oven, brush the tops with the brandy syrup to coat.

9. Let cool slightly, then remove each bread from the pan and let cool completely before slicing and serving.

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