Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
An easier and quicker version of Easter Babka. Denser more cake-like and less complicated if you haven't made bread without a machine. Add the Lucre from the Easter version for a sweeter presentation. Posted by request.
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 1⁄4 cups milk, scalded
- 2 compressed yeast cakes or 2 (1/16 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
- 5 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange rind
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon rind
- 1⁄2 cup almonds, chopped
- 1 cup raisins
- Scald milk and pour over sugar and butter, Cool.
- Dissolve yeast in a little of the milk mixture and add back to the rest of the milk mixture Add 1/2 of the flour and beat well.
- Add salt to the eggs and beat until thick.
- Add eggs to the flour mixture and mix well.
- Add remaining ingredients and knead for 15 minutes.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place free from drafts until doubled in bulk (about 60 minutes.) Place in a well greased tube pan, sprinkled with breadcrumbs and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
I'd be leaving out the almonds, as I have a nephew that is extremely allergic to Almonds.
A foolproof recipe! I only made a half recipe and adjusted it to make in a bread machine: that worked well. My mistake was using just 1 babka tube pan, 8" in diameter; there was actually enough dough for 2! It rose really high, was very light and airy. I think it could be a little sweeter but I didn't use the powdered sugar on top; that would help. A glaze would be good too. Also I used vanilla, almond flavoring and a little rum instead of grated rind; I was looking for the flavor that my Polish Mom's babka had. Instead of sprinkling the pan with breadcrumbs, I used sliced almonds. Certainly a keeper. Thanks, Lorac, I will make it again. . . . Janet
This is the same recipe that has been passed down for at least 3 generations in my family. Every Easter, this bread would be on the table awaiting the blessing from the neighborhood priest. Even today, it's not Easter without a breakfast of hard boiled eggs, kielbasa, and babka.