Chocolate Orange Brioche Babka Recipe

Recipe by: Monique Polanco of Peaches 2 Peaches

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Soft buttery orange scented brioche dough with a layer of creamy dark chocolate rolled and twisted into a beautiful bun is an easy dessert recipe that everyone will enjoy.




  • 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. 


Chocolate orange babka is a wonderful treat during the holidays. Made with soft brioche dough, our babka recipe is enhanced with orange and creamy dark chocolate. Bapka bread requires patience to prepare but the outcome is worth it! Buttery brioche and chocolate bapka marry two traditional dishes in the tastiest way possible. Enjoy a delicious bread recipe with chocolate filling that will become one of your favorite baked goods to prepare. If you are a fan of delicious buttery bread and chocolate combinations, check out our chocolate halva tahini wreath bread recipe. Looking for more dessert ideas? Calphalon have many dessert recipes.

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Monique Polanco