Chocolate Babka

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2 7-gram packages active dry yeast

1/2 cup milk

1 3/4 cups plus 2/3 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 tbsp. plus a pinch of salt

1 tsp. each finely grated orange zest and lemon zest

1 tsp. vanilla extract

7 egg yolks plus 1 egg white and 1 egg

15 1/2 tbsp. butter (11 1/2 tbsp. melted, 4 tbsp. chilled

2 cups sponge cake crumbs

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 cup seedless raisins, plumped in boiling water and


1 1/2 tbsp. dark rum

1/2 lb. chocolate (preferably 55–72 percent cocoa),

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