Polish Easter Bread (Babka)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package yeast
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs (at room temperature)
1 can seedless raisins
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup rum
Mix 3/4 cup flour and yeast. combine milk and margarine in a saucepan only until WARM. Pour into bowl.
Add remaining dry ingredients, and beat for 2 minutes in electric mixer.
Add eggs 1 at a time and up to a 1/2 cup flour to make a thick batter. Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
Cover and let rise until doubled.
Stir in raisins and turn out into a 2-quart greased tube pan. Let rise uncovered for 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.
Before removing from pan and while still hot from oven, prick bread with a fork and pour Rum Syrup over the cake.
Rum Syrup: Bring all ingredients to a boil.
Eastern European Recipes