For the filling I have used Nuttela, tahini + honey, jam + sugar + cinamon... everything works. Having said that, there are many weeks left in the competition, so who knows what he’s got up his sleeves. Benjamina started baking at the age of 14 just for fun and now it’s a passion. Baked, the bread was delicious. !My mom used to buy and make this when I was a kid, I was so craving it and came across this recipe and decided to try it - all I can say is WOW - tastes exactly how I remember, I didnt use the Chocolate filling as the Babkas we ate were Cinnamon,sugar and Sultanas,so used them as a filling and worked really well! I used milk chocolate and white, and I highly recommend making it with white chocolate (but not sprinkling the sugar on top of the chocolate like in the recipe, otherwise it may be too sweet). I used 2 big Hershey Bars and no sugar in the filling and it was delicious. Soooo good. 3 teaspoons active dry yeast (from two 1/4-oz packages), 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting, 1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened, 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, well softened, 2 (3 1/2- to 4-oz) bars fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (no more than 60% cacao if marked), finely chopped, 2 8 3/4- by 4 1/2- by 2 3/4-inch loaf pans, a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment; 2 (8 3/4- by 4 1/2- by 2 3/4-inch) loaf pans; parchment paper, Stir together warm milk and 2 teaspoons sugar in bowl of mixer. While I am a chocolate lover I look forward to trying this dough with other fillings like an apricot cream cheese recipe I found or the brown sugar filling, but I will always use this dough recipe. Benjamina lives at home and has a brother and a twin sister, who is her biggest critic. That’s what we really want to know. Based on previous years, star Baker in eight or nine have won the show twice, whereas the winners of one, three, six and seven have won just once. I too thought the dough was difficult to work with and I'm an experienced baker and used to working with dough. The dough was sticky when I turned it out of the mixer but I kneaded it for a minute or so adding flour until it was spongy. First time making babka. Get your gears turning with hundreds of puzzles, with new ones added each week - and enjoy a seven day free trial! I have never baked with yeast before but followed the directions exactly and it turned out perfect! Other than that, this is a great recipe and I will definitely make it again! We’d like to think he could turn it around, but with a curse so strong, we wouldn’t be surprised if history did repeat itself! Even after that I had to sort of drop it in the pan. I do not know what those saying dough us difficult to work with have done but never a problem here. Smitten Kitchen has a recipe where the chocolate is melted with butter and has cocoa/powdered sugar added to make a spreadable paste. It's a wet, sticky dough as noted, so I rolled it on parchment paper to minimize the amount of extra flour needed and help with the rolling. But does Mark have what it takes to defy the odds and beat the Bake Off curse? I didn't love how the chocolate behaved, settling a bit and creating large masses of chocolate in the finished loaves. The only problem I had was "create a loop and twist it twice to make a figure eight". But as we’ve seen with previous years, it’s likely the project manager could suffer the same fate as former contestant Steph – who won Star Baker a total of four times, including in Week Four, yet still missed out on the top spot. Of course, there’s still Week Five, which could be Mark’s second chance to break the curse – but the trailer didn’t exactly fill us with confidence…. When dumped on the floured board and rolled it, it was smooth and easy to work with. Her family’s feedback on her bakes helps her to grow and improve. I had to add about 1 more cup of flour and used quite a bit to to roll the dough out. Another review mentioned the outside crust was too hard-- I just rubbed the top with a stick of butter when it came out if the oven-- this creates a soft crust. When reading the other reviews, the low fork ratings are all coming from people who made mistakes during the process or perhaps never baked before and are better at cooking.