Polish Sweet Bread

Polish Sweet Bread

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"This is a sweet bread that makes wonderful chicken or turkey sandwiches. This recipe was given to me by a good friend in South Carolina that I met on the Internet. I had the pleasure of eating this bread at her beach home this spring. It makes awesome toast. We can hardly wait to cut it."

Ingredients 3 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 206 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 206 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 32g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 5.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Sodium:
  • 168 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in the 4 tablespoons butter; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
  2. Pour milk mixture into bread machine pan. Add 2 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla extract, 4 cups bread flour, yeast and salt. Choose Dough setting; press start.
  3. When dough is finished mixing, leave it in the bread machine pan and cover with a towel. Let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into loaves. Place the loaves into two lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  5. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 brown sugar and 1/3 cup flour. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside. In a separate bowl, beat together 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water.
  6. Brush loaves of risen bread with the egg wash and then sprinkle on crumb topping. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.
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This recipe has been updated. It now lists the 4 tablespoons butter in Step 1 and the 1/4 cup butter in Step 5. No other butter is required in the recipe. - The Staff


This recipe did not work at all for me, maybe because I do not have a bread machine. I followed the recipe to the letter and kneaded the dough as I do with all my other (successful) bread doughs, but it did not rise at all. I tasted it anyway and it wasn't bad, but obviously it isn't like a normal bread. My husband was really looking forward to this bread as his Polish grandmother used to make it, and needless to say, we are both disappointed!


To the person who said they used the oven instead of the machine: thanks! My mother and I have been using my great great Babka's recipe for years. It's still handwritten. I just joined and will be posting it. Thanks to Verla for having at least one version of it! I can now make it at home til I sneak the recipe from my mom! It is delicious, but you really do need it to be made in the oven. A bread machine does not do this justice. Make sure to add walnuts to your mixture and use REAL butter. The milk should be at room temp, as should your eggs. It will give the bread an amazing quality! I promise! From one Polish fam to others!