I mixed up all the ingredients in my stand mixer and then moved the dough to the oven to rise.
I divided the dough in half and rolled each out just larger than a silpat mat. Then I smeared the butter/sugar/cocoa mixture and sprinkled chopped chocolate chips:
Then I rolled them up and cut lengthwise:
The twisting took a little finagling:
Two loaves, ready for a final rise (the one of the left was my first attempt):
An hour later, nice and puffy:
So I had a slice (or two) and then my cold/flu kicked into high gear Sunday. I started to feel a little off at the end of last week- working with students all week, getting their germs. Sigh. By Sunday afternoon, I couldn't taste or smell anything (I made soup for supper- NO idea how it tasted) and I was having chills shooting down my spine any time I came out from underneath blankets.
I cut up both loaves into individual slices and put each slice into a separate sandwich bag and stacked them all in the freezer. The plan is to just pop a frozen slice into the toaster as needed. I have no appetite because I can't taste anything and I'm not going to waste the babka. Hopefully now this sweet bread should last for weeks.