This delicious sweet braided bread blueberry cream cheese babka recipe makes the perfect breakfast or treat for any time of the year. The buttery brioche dough swirled with blueberry cream cheese we’ve chosen for this article is one of the most popular versions of the traditional Jewish Babka.
While there are plenty of different fillings such as Nutella, chocolate, raisins, apples, cinnamon sugar, etc., people seem to love the combination of cream cheese and blueberries.
Even though the artistically twisted bread looks like you need to be a professional baker to make it, anyone can make it with a bit of patience and a lot of love. If you start preparing the dough in the evening, you can enjoy this edible piece of art in the morning.
This blueberry cream cheese babka recipe makes two loaves for the entire family. Or you can enjoy one of them and store the other one in the freezer for up to two months after wrapping it in plastic wrap and a layer of foil so that you can enjoy a homemade sweet loaf whenever you want but don’t have time to prepare it.
How to Make Blueberry Cream Cheese Babka
If you’ve never baked with yeast before this recipe, this is the time to try it since babka is a yeast bread. Don’t let this discourage you from making one of the tastiest loaves you can ever try. In fact, using yeast is simple and we’re going to tell you how to use it properly for this recipe.
The first step is to make sure the yeast is alive before adding it to the other ingredients. This is called “proofing.” It requires warming the milk, pouring it to the bowl of a stand mixer together with the sugar, and adding the yeast. Once you stir the yeast into the milk, allow it to stay until foamy at the top, or about five minutes.
Noticing the foam is a sign that your yeast is ready. If it doesn’t foam, it could be because you’ve used too old yeast or too hot milk. In that case, you should repeat the process using a new yeast.
This is probably the most challenging part in the entire recipe. From there, it’s quite simple. You add the other ingredients to the yeast mixture, and let the mixer do the job. You add the butter and mix a bit more. Then, you let the sticky, wet dough rise.
The next step is to shape your babka and bake. The final step is to brush the sugar syrup over both loaves.
Blueberry cream cheese babka may take you hours to make it, but in the end, it’s definitely worth it. You can enjoy it as a warm breakfast or a sweet treat during the day. Parts of this recipe are tricky and don’t be disgruntled if doesn’t work out perfectly the first time. Practice makes perfect and once you get this right you’ll be extremely happy.