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Vegan Cinnamon Babka

Vegan Cinnamon Babka

This Vegan Babka is basically like a cinnamon roll, shaped as babka. Totally worth your time and attention!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American, jewish, vegan
Keyword babka
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 day 40 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 220 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Vegan Babka Dough

  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk 177 ml
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast 6.3 grams, 0.22 oz
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 50 grams, 1.76 oz
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 340 grams, 12 oz
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil room temperature (52 grams, 1.83 oz)
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter room temperature (56 grams, 2 oz)

Filling

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter room temperature (113 grams, 4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 100 grams, 3.5 oz
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar 127 grams, 4.5 oz
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Instructions

Vegan Babka Dough

  1. Heat milk until it’s lukewarm (90 - 100F). Add yeast and brown sugar, mix to combine.
  2. Add flour, salt and start mixing with a spoon or with your mixer. You can use the paddle attachment on this part, but I just go straight for the dough hook.
  3. Slowly start to add butter and coconut oil 1 tablespoon of each at a time, while you mix.
  4. If you were using the paddle attachment to mix the ingredients, switch to the dough hook now. Knead the dough for 8 minutes, until it’s smooth, incorporated, springy, and tacky, but not sticky.
  5. At this point, place the dough in a bowl lightly coated with oil.
  6. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge overnight.*

Filling

  1. Mix butter with brown sugar and cinnamon powder. Stir to combine and incorporate.
  2. Assembly
  3. Prepare a loaf pan by greasing it lightly with oil spray or coconut oil, or butter. You can also use a piece of parchment paper on the pan, to line the bottom and sides to make sure the dough won’t stick. In my experience the dough won’t stick if I remove it from the pan while the bread is still kind of hot.
  4. Remove dough from the fridge and work with the cold dough.
  5. Place it on a surface barely dusted with flour. And start rolling it.

    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  6. Roll it into a 12”x16” rectangle. Use a knife to trim the sides if you want. You can roll the trimmings and bake them. (or let your 3 year old play with them, if you are me)

    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  7. Spread the filling all over the surface of the dough, leaving half an inch on each side of the rectangle.
    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  8. From the shortest side, start to roll up the dough into a log.

    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  9. Place the log in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Trust me on this one, it will make the process much cleaner and less messy, and your babka will look way better once baked, since the filling won’t have leaked everywhere.

    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  10. Remove the log from the fridge, slice it in half lengthwise.
    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  11. You will end up with two halves like this.

    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  12. Cross both halves in the middle like an X.
    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  13. Start braiding from the middle to the bottom, and them braid from the middle to the top.
    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  14. Tuck the ends in and place the babka in the loaf pan.
    Vegan Cinnamon babka
  15. Let dough rise for 60-90 minutes, depending on how warm your kitchen is, and if the dough came straight from the fridge. It might take even longer for the dough to rise, if it’s a cold day.
  16. Dough will be ready once you touch its surface lightly with your finger and the dough springs back.
  17. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  18. Bake dough in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Babka should be golden on top, and cooked in the middle.
  19. Remove from the oven. Let dough cool before pouring glaze on top.
    Vegan Cinnamon babka

Glaze

  1. To make the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until incorporated and smooth. Pour over babka, let the glaze dry before slicing the loaf.

Storage

  1. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days, let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

*I really recommend letting the dough rest in the fridge overnight for best results. However, if you want to make this on the same day, you can let the dough rise on the counter for about 2 hours, and then place it in the fridge for another 2 hours. The quality won’t be the same, but it will save you some time if you are in a pinch.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Cinnamon Babka
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 220
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.