Babka Recipe at The Happy Housewife


This breakfast bread can be made the night before or weeks before and frozen.  It was a big hit with the kids for breakfast this morning. Serve with fresh fruit or yogurt.



Bread Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups flour (I used half white, half whole wheat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered milk
  • 1 1/8 cup warm water
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Filling Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon

Optional Topping

  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • cinnamon
  • egg wash (1 egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon of water)


  1. In a mixing bowl, add yeast and warm water.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Add all wet ingredients and then dry ingredients adding the flour last. Add the flour slowly until your dough is the correct consistency for bread.
  4. Knead for 10 minutes.
  5. Cover and let rise for about an hour or until doubled.
  6. Once the dough has doubled, roll out the dough into a rectangle that is a little wider than the bread pan.
  7. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the dough, they same way you would make a cinnamon roll.
  8. Roll up the bread and tuck the ends under. Make sure your ends are tucked under on the same side as the seam of your roll. If you don’t get a good seal on your seam and your tucked ends you will end up with a messy loaf.
  9. OPTIONAL Topping Directions: Before baking, make a crease in the top of the loaf. Brush the loaf with the egg wash and then sprinkle on the topping.
  10. Let rise for about an hour.
  11. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. If the bread starts to brown too quickly tent with foil.
  12. When the loaf is finished baking brush with butter for a soft, shiny crust.


If I had to change anything about the way I made this bread I would have made it thinner when I rolled out the dough so we would have had more cinnamon sugar swirls.

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  1. Seinfeld “dinner party” episode comes to mind. Do you know what I’m talking about? Gave me a laugh. Thanks. The recipe looks good too.

  2. That looks insanely good right now. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Wow! I wish I had some right now. This is a neat recipe and I’ll have to try it. I don’t normally make bread, so I’ll be stepping out of my comfort zone. I once made bread that the fish in the lake wouldn’t eat!

    Thanks for joining us this week!

  4. I tried this once before, and came to the same conclusion. I wanted to try it again, with more, thinner swirls. But, I never did. This looks to be a light week, I’ll have to give it a try. That topping sounds good, too. Maybe I’ll get adventurous!

  5. Yum! I love making breads like this. I haven’t made one in a while though. They make perfect gifts, too!

  6. That looks really, really yummy!!!

  7. when my hubby makes bread (he loves making bread) so when he has the time to make it he always makes a loaf like this but we did not know it had a name! 😉

  8. Thank you for such a great recipe.

  9. Ooo, I’ve had babka at a local bread place before that was CHOCOLATE babka and was sooo delicious. I’ve been wanting to make it at home since. Thanks!

  10. This sounds delicious. I think I need to break down and buy some yeast so I can try my hand at making bread.

  11. I love just about any kind of bread! This looks delicious!

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