Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Babka
Filled with pumpkin puree and chocolate chips and covered with a chocolate chip streusel, this pumpkin chocolate chip babka is a fall twist on everyone’s favorite chocolate babka.
We’re coming right down to the wire with this month’s Babka of the Month.
It’s October – you just had to know that we were going pumpkin with this babka, right? Right.
Now look, I get it. Yes, this is another pumpkin chocolate chip recipe.
Three weeks ago we did pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bars.
Last week we did chocolate chip pumpkin pie bars.
This week it’s pumpkin chocolate chip babka.
If you’re shaking your head and thinking “Julie, this is just too much pumpkin and chocolate chip for one month” well — move along, please. I don’t need that kind of negativity around here.
But if, like me, you’re willing to push through and embrace just one more pumpkin and chocolate chip recipe for the season, this one is a true treat!
How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Babka
Babka is a yeast bread, which means we have to let the dough rise. We’ll do this in two steps: a room temperature rise, and then a refrigerator rise.
First, we’ll make the dough — either with a stand mixer or kneading by hand. The dough will rise for an hour in a warm, dark place; I use the ‘proof’ setting on my oven for this.
You can also fill a roasting pan with boiling water and set it in the bottom of your oven along with your dough to trap a little extra warm, moist heat for the same effect.
Now that it’s getting chillier outside, you might find you need an hour and a half to two hours on the counter. We’re looking for the dough to almost double — roughly grow to 1.75-ish times in size.
After this first step, we’ll move the dough to the refrigerator. The yeast will continue to work in the cold and the dough will still rise, but the whole process is slowed down.
One the dough finishes the refrigerated rise, roll it out into a large rectangle and spread on the filling. For the filling, mix together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and spices. Spread it on using a spoon or a pastry brush. Then sprinkle with chocolate chips, roll it up into a log, and twist.
Place the shaped babka into a loaf pan, cover it with a clean dish towel, and set it aside for another hour for a second rise. Sprinkle some chocolate chip streusel on top (quite possibly the best part), then bake!
After baking the babka, we’ll also brush the finished loaf with simple syrup. This both makes the final loaf a little shiny and extra sweet. Delicious!
How to Store Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Babka
Like all my babka recipes, this recipe makes two loaves. The recipe is easy to halve if you just want one, but if you’re going to make yeast dough, I always figure why not make two loaves at once!
You can use a different filling for one (see all babka recipes HERE), or you can make two of the same and freeze one for later.
Slices of babka can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.
An entire loaf of babka can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature before enjoying.
How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Babka Ahead of Time
I get it: making babka is a time commitment. But one of the best things about this recipe? There are lots of places where you can pause and take a break and pick it up again later!
The step where you refrigerate the dough during the first rise? Refrigerate for one hour… or up to 36 hours.
You can also freeze the proofed, unbaked dough and bake it fresh before enjoying if you want fresh baked babka at a later date! Prepare the babka up through rolling and filling it, twisting it, and placing it into the loaf pan.
Cover tightly with several layers of aluminum foil, then place the entire loaf pan in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to bake, defrost overnight in the refrigerator, bring to room temperature the next day for 2 hours, and then bake!
Tips and Tricks for The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Babka
- If you’re new to baking babka, visit this “The Best Chocolate Babka” post for step-by-step photos of how to shape babka dough.
- Refrigerate the babka dough for the second part of the first rise. This makes the dough much easier to roll with no need for extra flour.
- If you don’t want to make the babka all in one day, refrigerate the dough for up to 36 hours during the first rise.
- Make sure to use pureed pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling for the babka filling.
- Use a thermometer to determine when the babka is done. When an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf hits 190 °F, your babka is fully cooked.
More Pumpkin Dessert Recipes:
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Bars
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
- Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
- Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Pie
- Cream Cheese Swirl Pumpkin Bundt Cake
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
2019 Babka of the Month Series
Babka can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap fully cooled loaf in aluminum foil and place inside a plastic freezer bag. A Bunsen Burner Bakery Original Protocol As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
FOR THE DOUGH:
FOR THE PUMPKIN FILLING:
Nutrition Information: Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292 Total Fat: 11.8g Carbohydrates: 42.4g Protein: 4.4g
Babka can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap fully cooled loaf in aluminum foil and place inside a plastic freezer bag.
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As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.