I have decided that it is my mission, as Alibabka, to find the best babka recipe. Having never made babka, I felt it was time for me to live up to my name. Essentially, babka is challah with chocolate or any filling in between. My personal favorite is crispy and flaky on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.
The first recipe I tried is below. It came out great, but I am going to recreate this in a few weeks with 1-2 cups less flour. The result was a very heavy babka, crispy on the outside, both gooey and dry on the inside. Wasn’t the best texture, but great flavor. It also looked beautiful!