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Babka III

Babka III

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Valinda

Babka is a rich yeast-raised cake bread. A successful babka, the pride of every Polish/Ukrainian homemaker, is rich, tender, fine-textured, and very light. Traditionally, this bread is baked in tall round baking pans. Coffee cans can be lined with baking parchment and used instead.

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  • Calories:
  • 331 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 14 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.3g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 8.9 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 205 mg
  • 68%
  • Sodium:
  • 94 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Place 1/3 cup flour in a large bowl and pour milk over flour. Beat until smooth. Let cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Pour into cooled milk and beat well. Let rise in a warm place until bubbly.
  2. Stir 2 eggs, egg yolks, butter, vanilla and lemon rind into milk/yeast mixture. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When a loose dough has formed, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Gently knead in raisins.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes. Deflate the dough and let rise again until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.
  4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into three equal pieces and form into round loaves. Place the loaves into well buttered tall, round baking pans. Do not fill the pans more than 1/3 full. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until tripled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. In a small bowl, beat egg with 2 tablespoons water. Lightly brush this mixture onto the risen loaves. Bake in preheated oven 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and bake for 30 minutes more. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C) and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Let loaves stand 5 to 10 minutes before removing from pans. Transfer loaves very gently onto a cloth covered pillow (never a hard surface as this may cause the babka to settle or fall). Change position of loaves during cooling period.
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Reviews

LORRAINE DEPALMA
48
12/22/2003

My family truly enjoyed, the Bread, It is a great dough,The moistness is excellant. Thank you for sharing. It will remain in my best of recipies.

Helen
18
12/20/2005

This recipe is wonderful. Very light. If you like Babka, you will like this. Follow step by step and you will have success. Just like my moms, except she put on a sugary top which I love. Does anyone know how to add that to this recipe?

R.P. McMurphy
17
4/24/2008

This weekend is Russian easter. My family (Grandmother and her sisters) traditionally go to church and get their babka's blessed on Saturday. My great aunt used to make them, but since she has passed, no one kept the tradition until this year, a couple of weeks ago I "tested" this recipe out after looking around and sure enough, Grandma approved and said tasted JUST like her sisters...So now I'm stuck making them all day today and tomorrow!! We do it in coffee cans, no liner just greased, and we do not add raisins. We ice it with powdered sugar, corn syrup and a little water and add sprinkles for the kids.