Chocolate Orange Brioche Babka Rolls

By: Monique Polanco of Peaches 2 Peaches

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  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup Bread Flour
  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • zest of one orange


  • 4 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup dark cocoa powder


  • juice and zest of one blood orange
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp water




  1. Warm milk and buttermilk in the microwave until slightly warm but not hot. Pour in a stand mixer bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top. Let it sit for 5 minutes. 
  2. Add sugar, salt, vanilla, zest and eggs. Attach dough hook and turn on the mixer. Add the all-purpose flour, and the bread flour, one cup at a time. 
  3. After the flour is in, add the softened butter a tablespoon at a time. Let the dough kneed for a few minutes. 
  4. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight. 
  5. The next day, divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll out one piece of dough into a rectangle. Trim the edges to make it more exact.


  1. Place dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl with the butter. Microwave until melted. Add cocoa powder and powdered sugar and mix. 
  2. Spread 1/4 of the chocolate filling on top of one of the pieces dough until the entire area is covered. 
  3. Roll dough up lengthwise. Cut down the middle so that you have 2 halves, then cut both pieces in half. Twist each 2 halves together, and shape it into a circle, tucking the ends underneath. Repeat with the other 2 pieces.
  4. Repeat the process for the other 3 pieces of dough. Place each roll on the Calphalon Large Cookie Sheet. Let rise for an hour. Brush with an egg wash of 1 yolk and 1 teaspoon of water.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until browned. Cool on wire rack. 
  6. Add ingredients for the glaze in a pot. Cook until sugar is dissolved, then brush on the rolls. 
Monique Polanco