As far as bread-making goes, babka is up there in terms of time and intensity. (Get the backstory of this baked treat here.) But the resulting flaky, stuffed treat is well worth the effort. Up your baking game by going beyond the typical chocolate or cinnamon varieties with these deeper fall flavors. Babka freezes well so you don’t have to finish eating any of these loaves at once. Unless, you know, you want to.

Pear Jam and Walnut Sourdough Babka

Pear Walnut – MLOB
(Photo: My Love of Baking)

Two quarantine baking trends in one! Sweet, tart and nutty, this brioche-like option celebrates an elusive fall and winter treat: the pear.

Chai-Spiced Apple Babka

Chai Spiced – METMW
(Photo: Mideast to Midwest)

Chai is such an underrated fall flavor! A little heat and a lot of comfort elevate this baked treat. Apple brandy syrup optional.

Cinnamon Bun Babka

Cinnamon Bun – TF
(Photo: Food Network)

So much yes. This is exactly what you think it is. Thank you, Tyler Florence, for this gift. (Plus, it’s easy to make parve!)

Sweet Potato Pie Babka

(Photo: Nik Sharma/A Brown Table)

Go crazy with spicing this. Fresh nutmeg? Ginger? Five spice? Whatever you want, it’s gonna pack a decadent punch. Make sure you read the tips to learn how to make this extra pillow-y.

Fig, Caramel and Pecan Babka

Fig-Caramel-and-Pecan – EDB
(Photo: Emma Duckworth)

Just look at this. If a picture is worth a thousand words, we can’t write anything else about it.

Apple Cinnamon Babka

apple-cinnamon-babka-2 – SBA
(Photo: Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Loaded with apple chunks and thick cinnamon ribbons, this buttery babka from renowned food blog Sally’s Baking Addiction is also topped with a cinnamon brown sugar crumble.

Pumpkin, Rye and Chocolate Babka With Salted Maple Sugar Streusel

Pumpkin Rye Chocolate – BJG
(Photo: The Bonjon Gourmet)

Kabocha squash, rye flour, thick spiced chocolate swirl…we’re so in. Is this the babka to end all babkas? Probably.