The almighty chocolate babka has taken over the interwebs to become one of the most popular baked items in the US. There was a time when chocolate or cinnamon babka could only be found in Jewish or Eastern European bakeries. But thanks to a starring role in a legendary Seinfeld episode, it went viral before the word “viral” existed. “Another babka?”
Now, what makes the chocolate babka so lovable? For me, it is an alluring enigma that is comprised of moist and dry layers, swirled with a deep and emotional chocolate spread. It is light and airy, yet dense and rich. Every bite is a taste of every season, and it just sets me on fire. Sometimes, they are even topped with crumbly streusel. In my opinion, everything should be topped with streusel.
I am taking out the chocolate spread and replacing it with a mystical ceremonial-grade matcha spread. The buttery brioche dough and the earthy matcha flavor complement each other to an alarmingly perfect degree. Remember: the result will reflect the quality of your matcha, so I would advise you to spend a little extra on the good stuff. This recipe may take some time because it is a true labor of love. Trust me, it’s worth it for a slice of the Promised Land.