Secret Recipe: Wise Sons' Chocolate Filling and Streusel

Secret Recipe: Wise Sons' Chocolate Filling and Streusel


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If you're here, you've already found the recipe for owners' Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman's Chocolate Babka at Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in the March issue of 7x7 ("It's Kosher," p. 80). But they're not complete without chocolate filling and streusel. Enjoy!

Chocolate Filling

3¾ tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup sugar

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1½ ounces water

1½ sticks unsalted butter

1¼ pounds semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped to pea size

1.    Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.

2.    Combine water and butter in a medium pot on low, and bring to a simmer.

3.    Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.

4.    Let cool until thickened like a ganache or a thick, hot fudge.

5.    Add half of chopped chocolate to the mixture.



¾ cup all-purpose flour

2½ tablespoons white sugar

2½ tablespoons brown sugar

⅓ teaspoon cinnamon

½ stick unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1-inch cubes

1. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

2. Add butter and mix with your hands until crumbly. Butter should be the size of peas.

3. Keep chilled.


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