Easter Babka

Recipe by Lorac
READY IN: 4hrs 50mins




  • Scald 1 cup milk and slowly add 3/4 cup flour and beat thoroughly.
  • Cool.
  • Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm milk, mix in 1 tbsp sugar.
  • Add to the cooled flour mixture and beat well.
  • Let rise until double in bulk (30 minutes).
  • Add salt to eggs yolks and beat until thick and lemon colored.
  • Add sugar, vanilla and almond extract and continue to beat.
  • Add to sponge (flour-yeast mixture), add remaining flower.
  • Knead for ten minutes.
  • Add butter and knead 10 minutes or until dough no longer sticks to your fingers.
  • Add fruit and nuts mix into dough, cover and let rise until double in bulk (60 minutes).
  • Punch down and let rise again (60 minutes).
  • Punch down.
  • Butter a fluted tube pan and sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  • Fill with dough to cover 1/3 of the pan.
  • Let rise 1 hour* and bake at 350°F for 50 minutes.
  • Cool and decorate with lucre.
  • Lucre: Mix ingredients and spread over top of cake, letting it drip down the sides.
  • Note- rising times are approximate.
  • Keep dough covered in a warm place free from drafts.