Tuesday, April 5, 2011


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Easter Babka

Customers often ask us for babka around Easter. Unfortunately, we do not make these but we encourage you to make it at home. Below is a family recipe for babka - It will make a great addition to your Easter celebration!

Ingredients:
1 package active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1/2 c. softened butter
1/2 c. sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. lemon or orange extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. milk, warmed to 100 F
4 c flour
1/4 c blanched chopped almonds
3/4 c golden raisins
  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and set aside.
  2. Heat the milk over low heat until it reaches 100 - 110 degrees. DO NOT BOIL the milk! (I take its temperature with my finger - if you can hold your pinky in there for about 3 seconds, the milk is about the right temperature.)
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl.babka dough
  4. Beat in the egg yolks and salt.
  5. Add the zest, vanilla, and citrus flavorings.
  6. Add the yeast/water and milk.
  7. Gradually add the flour until you form a soft dough (it will be slightly sticky.)
  8. Stir in the almonds and raisins and turn out the dough onto a floured surface.
  9. Knead the dough briefly, using just enough extra flour to make it smooth and elastic.
  10. Transfer it to a greased bowl and let rise (about 2 hours).
  11. When it has doubled, punch it down and form the dough into a ring. Put it into a greased babka or bundt pan and let it rise again until doubled.
  12. Bake in a 350 F oven for about 40 minutes or until done (when a wooden toothpick comes out clean.)
  13. Let the Babka cool in the pan until you can handle it, then turn the bread out onto a rack and let sit until completely cooled. When it is ready, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Hopefully you will use this recipe to bring back some memories, or create some new ones, for you and your family. Enjoy!

1 comment:

M said...

Your recipe looks good. My mother who was born on the Polish border was not Polish always made hers with 12 eggs. Sybolism of the 12 apostles. Very rich and so memorable. Miss you mom!!

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