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Babka (Ukrainian Easter Bread)
- 3 packages dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 7 egg yolks
- 3 whole eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup evaporated milk (or cream or milk)
- Zest of one orange, grated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 to 5 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Dissolve yeast and brown sugar in lukewarm water. Set aside.
- Beat the egg yolks and the whole eggs together until thick and lemony. Gradually
add the sugar and continue beating until well blended.
- Stir in the milk, yeast mixture, grated orange zest, and salt.
- Gradually add enough flour to make a soft dough.
- Knead in bowl until smooth, then knead in the cooled, melted butter. When
the butter is worked in, knead in the raisins, and continue kneading until dough
no longer sticks to hands.
- Place in a buttered bowl, turning once, and cover with a towel. Let rise
- Punch down and let it rise again.
- Divide dough into three portions and shape into balls.
- Heavily grease three 2-pound coffee cans; fill each 1/3 full with balls
of dough. I like to use greased parchment paper on bottom of cans. Babka will
come out easier.
- Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes; REDUCE heat to 300 degrees F and bake
for another 35 to 45 minutes.
- The bread may be covered with aluminum foil if it begins to brown too quickly.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before removing from tins.
A powdered sugar icing tastes terrific on this Babka.
- To Decorate Babka: Mix together 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar with
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice and enough warm water to give a spreading consistency.
Spread this icing over the top of babka and sprinkle with bakers' confetti.
Posted by Olga at Recipe Goldmine March 20, 2002 15:27:48.