Big Sur Bakery's Chocolate Cherry Babka

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3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lukewarm milk

1 tablespoon instant yeast

1 cup bread flour

3 cups bread flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 vanilla bean

1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, cubed, firm but not cold

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup dried cherries soaked in 1 cup brandy overnight

6 ounces 70 percent chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup cocoa nibs

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup cocoa powder, dutch processed

5 ounces 70 percent dark chocolate, melted

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup brandy reserved from the dried cherries

1 1/4 cup sugar

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