In a large bowl, mix together water, yeast, and pinch of sugar. Rest for five minutes to allow yeast to swell. Add eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, almond extract, lemon juice, sugar, salt and milk powder. Then add the softened butter and flour by folding it into the batter. Knead with a dough hook or by hand for about 8 to 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
Place dough in a well greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or cover the entire bowl with a plastic bag to ensure that it is thoroughly sealed. Allow to rise about 45-90 minutes. (Can also be refrigerated overnight, but allow the dough to come to almost room temperature before continuing).
Divide dough in two equal parts. Cover with a towel and rest for 10 minutes. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper or butter two 9 -inch springform cake pans. If making one large babka, butter a 10-inch bundt pan.
Roll dough into a 16 by 16 inch square on a lightly floured board. Spread the filling (see recipes below) over the entire surface. Roll lengthwise into a large roll; cut in half. Place both halves in prepared pan, beside each other, it doesn't matter if they are squished. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with some sugar. Place loaf pan in a plastic bag and let rise until babka is flush or has risen over the top of the pan.
Repeat with other half of dough.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake 35-45 minutes (50-70 minutes for one large babka) until medium brown. Cool for fifteen minutes in the pan before putting it on a rack.
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocoalate bar of your choice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
Place chocolate chips, cinnamon, cocoa, sugar, and butter in a food processor and grind into a loose paste.
1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup or maple syrup
2-4 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped walnuts - optional
Place the butter, sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon and walnuts in a food processor and grind into a loose paste.
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|Serving Size: 1 recipe (1552g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1|
|Calories from Fat: 1155 (32%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 128.4g||171 %|
|Saturated Fat 43.3g||216 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 53.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 19.1g|
|Cholesterol 5683mg||1749 %|
|Sodium 923.7mg||32 %|
|Potassium 1694.5mg||45 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 497.5g||146 %|
|Dietary Fiber 8.3g||33 %|
|Sugars, other 489.2g|
|Protein 122.9g||176 %|
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Calories per serving: 3565
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