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This delicious vegan hazelnut babka is a dream come true: layers of soft and fluffy bread filled with the most delicious roasted hazelnuts filling. This cake is moist, perfectly sweet and absolutely irresistible!
An you know what it also great about this vegan babka?! You only need 10 ingredients and little time to make it (Yay!).
To make this vegan babka with roasted hazelnut filling all you need are the following 10 ingredients:
- White flour
- instant yeast
- soy milk
- vegan butter
- lemon zest
Instant yeast vs. fresh yeast
You can use either. I used instant yeast, but if you prefer you can use 12 g of fresh brewer's yeast.
This babka can be prepared in one or two days. I recommend the second option. In this way, the dough rises slowly overnight in the refrigerator. This slow rising makes the dough tastier and fluffier, making our babka even more delicious. By the way, the roasted hazenut filling also tastes better if you let it sit in the fridge overnight.
But if you prefer to prepare and bake the babka on the same day, you can do that without any problem. It will still be delicious, but with a little less flavor.
Roasted Hazelnut Filling
To determine whether a babka is good or not, there are several factors to consider. One of them is how moist the babka is, because there is nothing worse than a dry one, let's face it.
But how do you make a moist babka? The answer is simple: with a delicious and moist filling! And that's when our roasted hazelnut filling comes into play. The nut filling should have a spreadable consistency. Not too dry, not too runny. If too dry add a dash of water, if too runny add some more nuts.
How to braid a babka
Honestly, I'm not a great at braiding and I always try to keep it as simple as possible.
The babka will be quite fragile and the different layers tend to separate after you cut it in half, so braid it as quickly as possible on a sheet of baking paper and place it directly in a cake pan. Remember: the babka doesn't have to be perfect, it will double in size and this will remove all traces of its imperfections 😉 so don't stress, you'll do just fine!
If you want to see a braiding tutorial click here, from minute 6:00 to minute 6:30 it explains very well how to braid a pigtail.
How to bake a babka
Each oven is slightly different, in mine I put the babka in the middle of the oven and bake it at 180 °C (360 °F) for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. After baking I take it out of the oven, brush it with syrup and let it cool completely in the mold.
Syrup: necessary or not?
This babka is coated with sugar syrup after baking. This makes the braid super moist. I recommend you follow this step because I created the recipe with the addition of syrup in mind. If you leave it out, the braid may not be sweet enough.
How to store babka
You can either store the nut braid in a bread bag at room temperature or store it in the freezer (depending on how long you want to keep it).
If you choose the freezer, I recommend slicing the babka, wrapping it in plastic wrap, and placing it in an airtight container. This will prevent it from absorbing flavors from other foods. You can store it in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow it to thaw completely before serving.
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