Chocolate Babka and Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven Giveaway

Chocolate Babka

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Giveaway season! I am beyond excited to share this giveaway with you. Last month I partnered with Wolf Gourmet to giveaway one of their powerful high speed blenders (and I made cacao hazelnut milk!). Today I have something even more thrilling… the Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven!

I’ve been eyeing this countertop oven. I dream of having a double wall oven, or even better, a double side by side oven with 6 burners, a French top, and a wall mounted pot-filler. As I’ve mentioned before I daydream about my ideal kitchen the way some people fantasize about retirements and what not.

Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Babka

I christened my new countertop oven by making this chocolate babka. I love making breads. I find it to be relaxing, therapeutic, and rewarding. During the cooler months as the temperatures starts to dip, finding a draft-free warm place for my breads to rise can become a challenge.  I usually let my breads proof in the garage, the warmest place in our house. The only problem with that- I tend to forget about it. Out of sight, out of mind.

No need to use my garage anymore. This Wolf Gourmet Countertop Oven has a proof setting! At a constant 80 degrees F, it provides the perfect setting for happy doughs. Best of all, it has a built in timer to let you know when it’s time to check on your dough.

Chocolate Babka

Chocolate Babka

Though petite and sized for a countertop, a standard 12 cavity muffin tin or quarter-sheet pan can fit inside. There are six cooking modes to select from: proof, warm, roast, bake, broil, and toast. And because of it’s petite frame, this countertop oven heats up fast. Once you select your temperature setting, you can view the display to indicate when your oven is at your desired temperature.

I really enjoyed using this countertop oven. I have yet to experiment with the roast setting (and use the included probe thermometer), but I’m looking forward to roasting chicken soon. I’ve already moved around things in the kitchen, so this oven can have a permanent home on our countertop.

Alex and I devoured this loaf of chocolate babka in record time. I usually share most of what I bake with family and friends. Not this one. As soon as it was cool enough to slice, we began snacking on it. It’s not very sweet, but it is packed with chocolate flavor. The combination of chopped dark chocolate mixed with unsweetened cocoa powder results with a full rich profile. The bread tastes great at room temperature and even more delightful when it’s lightly toasted and served with a giant mug of hot chocolate or a hot latte. I foresee many babka variations to come!

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Chocolate Babka

Yield: one 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups (11 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast*
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (1 3/4 oz) granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 Tablespoons (4 oz) unsalted butter, softened*

Chocolate Filling:

  • 2 oz bittersweet or dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons (2 oz) unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (1 oz) powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg white

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • pinch fine sea salt

Instructions

  1. DOUGH: In the bowl of stand mixer, whisk together flour, instant yeast, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, yolks, and vanilla until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Attach dough hook to stand mixer. Mixing on low speed, slowly add liquids to mixing bowl. Mix for one minute until dough starts to come together. Scrape down bowl as needed. Before the dough has fully formed, with the mixer running, add softened butter one tablespoon at a time. Increase speed to medium and continue to knead for 8-10 minutes until dough is smooth and does not stick to the sides of the bowl.

  3. Form dough into a ball and place in a large greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 90-120 minutes until double in size. (Allow to rise at proof setting in Wolf Gourmet countertop oven, about 90 minutes.) Punch down risen dough. Recover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes until dough is cold.

  4. FILLING: Place chocolate, butter, and cocoa powder in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30-45 seconds at 50 percent powder. Stir until smooth and melted. Add sugar and stir until combined. Let cool to room temperature. Whisk in egg white until mixture is shiny and glossy. Reserve one tablespoon of filling for later use.

  5. Roll chilled dough on a lightly floured work surface. Press and roll into a 18 x 14-inch rectangle, with the long end parallel to you. Spread filling all over rolled dough, leaving a 1/2-inch boarder around the edges. 

  6. Roll dough away from you into a tight cylinder. Pinch seams closed. With the roll seam side up, spread the reserved one tablespoon filling over seam. Fold roll on top of itself, allowing the filling to sandwich. Pinch ends to seal.

  7. With your hands on both sides of the roll, gently twist to form double figure eight. Place twisted roll in a greased loaf pan, pressing dough to fill the edges of the pan. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise until dough is level with the lip of the loaf pan, about 90 minutes at room temperature. (Allow to rise at proof setting in Wolf Gourmet countertop oven, about 60 minutes.)

  8. EGG WASH: Whisk together egg, water, and salt until well combined. 

  9. BAKE: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly brush the top of risen dough with egg wash. Bake for 40-45 minutes, rotating loaf midway through baking. Bake until the top of bread is deep golden brown and the internal temperature of bread registers at least 190 degrees F.  Allow bread in cool in pan for 15 minutes before unmolding. Remove bread from pan and allow to cool to room temperature on wire rack. Allow bread to completely cool before slicing. 

Recipe Notes

RECIPE adapted from America's Test Kitchen Bread Illustrated 

  • If using DRY ACTIVE YEAST (instead of instant yeast): dissolve 2 teaspoon dry active yeast in warm milk (105-110 degrees F) along with 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar. Let mixture sit for 5-7 minutes until foamy and fragrant. Whisk in remaining sugar, room temperature yolks, and vanilla until sugar has dissolved. Add to stand mixture with flour and salt. Proceed with listed instructions. 
  • Since this is a small amount of dough, you will have to scrape the bowl often to ensure thorough mixing. Do not add additional flour. Simply scrape sticky dough from mixing bowl and continue to knead until dough comes together. 

Now the fun part… win a wolf gourmet countertop oven!

There are two ways to enter this giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment with what you’re most excited to bake or cook this holiday season
  2. Tag a friend on this Instagram post.

Fine Print: To participate, you must be 18 years or older and reside in the 50 United States. No P.O. box addresses. Giveaway ends Monday, December 4 at 11:59 PM PST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email or DM the morning of December 5. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before another random winner be will chosen.

Disclosure: I have partnered with Wolf Gourmet for this giveaway. Wolf Gourmet has generously provided me with the countertop oven for my own personal use and they will send one to the winner. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

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Carly

stollen!

Alexis

cinnamon rolls

Sj Dc

so excited to be baking my fruit cake this week and gonna feed it till christmas with cognac!!

Lisa Brown

I am most excite to bake a pecan pie, make it yearly and it is so good :) Thanks for the chance
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Eva

I am most excited to make a double crusted pie this season!

Amy Heinle

Can’t wait to make lefse this season!

Trish

Excited to bake cakes as December is also the birthday month of my husband and daughter!

Erin M

I’m trying to make my mothers cheesecake for the first time.

Abby

Most excited to start baking christmas cookies! Love to give them out to family, friends, & coworkers!

Bianca T

i’m most excited to make a yule log!

Erin Khod

Can’t wait to bake cookies and panettone!!

Kristen D

Most excited about pumpkin pie- I just can’t get enough and love trying new recipes/variations!

JESSICA LIN

YUMMY! WE ARE EXCITED TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CAKE THIS SEASON!

Jihan

So amazing! Can’t wat to try the chocolate cake out!

ChrisTine

Excited to make marshmallows for hot cocoa and graham crackers for s’mores!

Mimy lim

My family’s favorite Filipino ensaymada!
Or (sweet brioche rolls)❤️

Cora

Babka, of course!

Summer

Definitely excited to make chocolate peppermint desserts and a showstopper white cake with cranberries.

latanya

I am excited to bake some sugar cookies

Carla C

I’m most excited to bake some gingerbread.

carol clark

some coconut pies and some bread

Grace

CINNAMON babka!

Breann

I cannot wait to bake my grandmothers potica! So much work yet so rewarding in the end! ❤️❤️❤️

kelli winter

I bake for a living, mostly pies, available at the farmers market. Since market season is just about over, it’s time to play! I am ready to take a crack at playing with yeast. I’ve done a few breads and cinnamon rolls in the past but it’s time to break out the cookbooks, scour all the blogs and learn to bake sourdough! But this babka is going on my list as well. Thanks for the chance to win this beauty. In the bakery I have four huge ovens, at home, only a countertop one, it’s another brand, but I love the small size and the efficiency of it.

Susan francis

I love chocolate brioch to make for Christmas mornings

Sohair

I would love to make my mom’s favorite bread and baked goods in it ty for the chance

Cookies4kids

Traditional cookies and candies.

Sheri

I’m most excited to bake Christmas morning cinnamon rolls!

Rebecca

I’m excited to bake TONS of cookies!! We’re doing a cookie exchange with a bunch of our neighbors this year and it’s going to be a lot of fun! :D

Dianna

How would I change this recipe if I wanted cinnamon babka rather than chocolate? This recipe looks delicious but I love cinnamon a lot more than chocolate.

Tim

The pecans are just starting to fall from the tree in our backyard, so I am excited to start churning out pecan pies.

Soyeon Jung

I’m going to try to bake this babka :)

Janet L

Once we’ve finished moving and the kitchen is unpacked I can’t wait to make chewy ginger cookies and a steamed gingerbread!

Roseann Moss

Cinnamon rolls

Ellen Casper

Gingerbread cookies

heather (delicious not gorgeous)

THESE SWIRLS!! can’t stop staring. have you tried making babka into french toast? decadent but so tasty (:

Moll j

That oven is gorgeous! And so is your Babka! I’m looking forward to doing a lot of different types of baking this year, but especially excited for Christmas morning cinnamon rolls! It’s the only time we have them!

Licia owolo

Our oven went out this Thanksgiving and I had to bake Mac n cheese, biscuits and pumpkin pie in our basic stovetop oven. The big stuff went on the grill. I didn’t even know there were gourmet stovetop ovens! I would love to bake my friend Marilyn’s amazing homemade bread in it, and my famous pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies. Hello Wolf!

Kristen

I’ll be making a friend a cherry cheese pie.

Jacqueline

Mint crinkle cookies!!

Teresa estona

I cannot wait to bake all kinds of cookies with my girls! However, most of all I look forward to gooey chocolate chip cookies 😁

Pat zeiler

OMG, this is a perfect countertop oven! I love the proof setting and would use this feature a lot! To start, I would make Kindred’d Milk Bread. Then I would go on to trying to make perfect biscuits.

    Pat zeiler

    Oops. Messed up on email address. Tablet not forgiving.

CHRISTINA Wilson

I love the idea of a countertop oven with the quality of a full size built-in. And I love the red knobs!

Sioux Fleming

My favorite thing to bake for the holidays are spritz and meringue cookies I used to make with my mom and the cranberry pie from The Silver Palate Cookbook.

Amy C.

I’m most excited to make my Coffee Cashew Biscotti. It’s great to gift this time of year.

Sharon schlarb

German cookies

Je Kristensen

Most excited to start holiday baking with my grandson!

Je Kristensen

Excited to start holiday baking with my grandson!

AnnaMarie

My Grandma Betty’s Potato Rolls with cinnamon and sugar filling. Big and gooey and oh so soft!

Sharon

Most excited to bake cookies and chocolate cheesecake!

Lois Kim

most excited to bake cinnamon rolls!

Stefanie G

I’m excited to bake monkey bread this holiday season!

Denise Medeiros

Christmas cookies!!