Babka bread with fruit yeast water

A dough that is naturally leavened with fruit (grape) yeast water, layered with chocolate hazelnut spread, chocolate chips and then sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds – is there anything not to like?? If you are looking for a bread with fruit yeast water and no commercial yeast, give this one a try!

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These babka knots are chocolatey and crunchy at the same time. A chocolate hazelnut spread makes a perfect layer to sprinkle some more dark or milk chocolate chips and then a generous helping of nutty sesame seeds over all that chocolatiness add a perfect layer of texture.

Double chocolate and sesame babka knots with fruit yeast water
Double chocolate and sesame babka knots with fruit yeast water

But that is not all. These chocolate babka knots are naturally leavened with fruit yeast water that I cultivated from grapes. Not all naturally leavened bread have to be a rustic boule right?Making Wild/fruit yeast water from grapes

These knots have a perfect ratio of chocolate to bread with chocolate hazelnut spread as well as chocolate chips in them. Most often, babka turn out to be more bread than about its filling but here with these knots, no chance! It is all about chocolate 🙂

However, here are some ways you can modify these knots if you don’t like them too chocolatey:

  1. Reduce the chocolate chip quantity but keep the spread quantity same as besides giving flavour, it also helps hold the filling.
  2. Use a mixed variety of chocolate – some dark and some milk or even white so work around the sweetness level you prefer.
  3. Alternatively, you can layer the dough with peanut butter/almond butter/jam/honey and sprinkle the dough with pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds/raisins/cashews
  4. I have used a store-bought chocolate hazelnut spread but you can also use chocolate ganache (spreadable) or make a mix with butter + cocoa powder + icing sugar as an alternative
  5. Or even mix jaggery powder + powdered cardamom with ghee and use that to spread it on the dough. Sprinkle some coconut/almonds/pistachios and you have a perfect Indian flavoured knots to offer.

I hope you will give this recipe a try and give me feedback by rating the recipe below in the recipe card and tagging me on social media with your creation.

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  4. Tiger/giraffe buns – Dutch crunch bread
  5. Sunflower bread

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