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Chocolate Hazelnut Babka Buns

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These Chocolate hazelnut Babka buns are a pure delight! Twisty, twirly, chocolatey and packed full of hazelnuts, these  sweet Jewish buns are packed full of chocolate and toasted hazelnut (cheeky splash of Nutella, or your favourite hazelnut spread) and they’re so easy to make. Perfect weekend treat with your morning coffee!

Top down view of Hazelnut Babka Buns.

Nick’s favorite thing…

Chocolate Hazelnut Babka Buns! There are so many things I love about these Swedish Babka Buns with Nutella! I love how soft they are. I love the chocolate and how crispy it gets on the edges, and I love the orange in the though which makes it so aromatic and gorgeous!

Hazelnut Babka Buns in a baking tray.

What does Chocolate Hazelnut Babka Buns taste like?

This isn’t just about flavors, but also about textures. Let me break it down:

  • Hazelnut Spread – Delicious chocolate hazelnut spread.
  • Hazelnuts – these buns are littered with deliciously nutty hazelnuts which gives them some extra texture.
  • Orange Zest – The orange zest is so welcome with these buns. It kind of reminds me of sweet breads my grandma and mum would make when I was a kid.
  • Soft pillowy buns! – The soft pillowy texture, especially when they’re warm, is what makes these buns so special!

What are the ingredients I need?

Milk – I used regular milk here. But you can use plant-based milk too if you like.

Unsalted Butter – if you use salted butter, leave out the salt in the recipe.

Eggs – I used large eggs for this recipe.

Bread Flour – Bread flour is commonly used for making bread and buns. It has a higher gluten ratio compared to regular flour, resulting in a chewy bun. If you don’t have bread flour or can’t get it, you may use regular all-purpose flour (plain flour).

Caster Sugar – This is also known as superfine sugar and is much finer than granulated sugar but not as fine as powdered sugar.

Salt – I used regular fine salt.

Instant Dry Yeast – Instant dry yeast comes in an almost powered form and is perfect for home bakers. You can buy it, leave it in the fridge and use it when you need it and it lasts for ages. Instant dry yeast particles are smaller than Active dry yeast which allows them to devolve quicker. Meaning that if you’re confident the yeast is fresh and good, you don’t need to test if the yeast will froth before adding to the dry ingredients. So make sure you buy Instant dry yeast for this recipe!

Orange Zest – This is a magic ingredient in this recipe! I love how aromatic it makes the buns and the flavor it adds. Honestly guys, so good. Try it!

Hazelnut Spread – You can use any brand of Chocolate hazelnut spread you like.

Dark Chocolate – I used good quality dark cooking chocolate.

Cocoa powder – I used unsweetened cocoa powder.

Hazelnuts – I would recommend toasting these in the oven on a baking tray for 10 min on 150C. Then de-shell them by rolling and rubbing them around in a clean kitchen towel. Then chopp them up. The toasting releases oils in the nuts which makes them taste even more delicious and almost sweet.

My Top Tips!

  • I would recommend toasting your hazelnuts first.
  • The first bun will look like a hot mess if you’ve never made these before. The key here is to keep your hands as clean as you can to get neat looking buns.

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Hand holding Hazelnut Babka Bun.

Hand holding Hazelnut Babka Bun.

Nutella Babka Buns

Delicious, soft, pillowy and chewy babka buns with swirls of hazelnut and chocolate.

Serves 12 buns

4.8 from 8 votes
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Prep: 2 hours
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 327kcal



  • 306 g whole milk
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 1 55g large egg
  • 500 g bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7 g instant dry yeast
  • 1 orange zested

Nutella Filling

  • 50 g chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 40 g unsalted butter
  • 50 g dark chocolate
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 50 g hazelnuts toasted and chopped

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]



  • Melt butter and milk - Add the milk and butter to a heatproof bowl on low heat and stir until melted. Don’t let it bubble. Alternatively, you can microwave the two ingredients for 90 seconds or until the butter is melted. Once melted, add the egg and use a whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Combine dry ingredients - Add the flour, caster sugar, salt, dry yeast, and orange zest into the bowl of a stand mixer and fit with a dough hook. Mix on low speed until well combined. Alternatively, you can use a whisk to combine.
  • Form the dough - Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients while the mixer is on medium low speed. Once the mixture forms a ball of dough, continue mixing for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can knead the dough on a floured workbench. The dough begin being very sticky, but will eventually look smooth and will spring back when poked leaving a slight indent.
  • First rise - Cover the bowl with clingwrap and allow to rest in a warm spot for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

Nutella Filling

  • Add all the ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stir until smooth. Add the toasted and chopped hazelnuts and mix.

Forming The Buns

  • Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C / 350°F (200C / 395F for no fan). Line two baking trays with baking paper. Set aside.
  • Diving the dough - Once the dough has risen and doubled in size, take out of the bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead for 30 seconds until you form a smooth ball of dough. Split the dough into 8 pieces. I weighed the dough and then used kitchen scales to split evenly.
  • How to twist the buns - Create little dough balls. Then roll each ball into a long rectangle shape, about 13 / 20cm or 5 x 8-inches. Add 1 tbsp of filling on top and then carefully and neatly roll up from one side until it’s a long log shape. Use a large knife to cut each roll in half leaving about 2 centimeters or one inch of the top of the roll uncut. Twirl the two pieces around each other and then tie in a knot. This process can be messy but try not to let it get too messy so there’s a good separation of dough and filling.
  • Second rise and bake - Once you’re done tying them all, lay on a lightly oiled baking tray and lightly spray the top with more oil. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Once they’ve had a second rise, brush with egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tbsp water or milk) and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Babka buns can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days. To reheat simply place in the oven for 10 minutes.
Bread Flour
Bread flour is commonly used for making breads and buns. It has a higher gluten ratio compared to regular flour, resulting in a chewy bun. If you don’t have bread flour or can’t get it, you may use regular all-purpose flour (plain flour).


Calories : 327kcal
Carbonhydrates: 40g
Protein: 8g
Fat: 15g
Saturated Fat: 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 5g
Trans Fat : 0.3g
Cholesterol: 24mg
Sodium: 209mg
Potassium : 199mg
Fiber: 3g
Sugar : 7g
Vitamin A: 309IU
Vitamin C: 6mg
Calcium: 58mg
Iron: 1mg
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seher November 17, 2021 - 1:56 pm

5 stars
hi, love the taste of these they are amazing! i would query though the serving size – these made 8 absolutely huge babka buns which looked a lot bigger than the ones in your video, can’t help thinking for 500g of flour should be more like 12 normal sized buns?

Nick Makrides November 1, 2022 - 4:52 am

Hi Seher! Thanks for the feedback. I’ve gone in and edited the serving size and recipe instructions 🙂


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