Breadmaker Spring Babka

Laurie Lenartowicz Recipe

By Laurie Lenartowicz llenartowicz

My husband is Polish and grew up eating babka at Eastertime. His family did not make theirs so I didn't have a recipe. After trying several recipes, I decided to try to create one for my breadmaker. I find that the texture of dough is a lot smoother in the machine. This recipe came after much trial and error. My husband says that this is the best babka he has ever eaten.


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Ingredients

1/4 c
warm water
1 c
scalded milk
1 stick
softened butter
4 large
egg yolks
4 c
all purpose flour
1/2 c
granulated sugar
1
grated zest of one lemon
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
2 tsp
dry active yeast
1/2 c
raisins or dried black currants
1 tsp
plain unflavored bread crumbs
1 Tbsp
water set aside
1 large
egg yolk set aside

Directions Step-By-Step

1
To the pan of the breadmaker, add the first 8 ingredients IN ORDER GIVEN. Make a little well in the flour and pour in the yeast as the last ingredient. Set the breadmaker to DOUGH CYCLE. Listen for the beep on the dough cycle to add in your raisins or currents. Check your breadmaker manual.
2
Grease a souffle dish with high sides. I use a 2 1/2 quart sized round souffle pan. Sprinkle the bottom of the greased pan with breadcrumbs.
The dough should be finished in about 1 1/2 hours.
3
Form the finished dough into a ball and place into prepared pan. Cover with a damp towel and place into a warm place to rise. This takes about an hour to an hour and 1/2.
4
When the dough is doubled in size, brush the entire top with 1 egg yolk beaten with 1
TBSP of water. Place into preheated 350 degree oven in the oven. Bake for 35-45 minutes until nicely browned and the babka makes a hollow sound when thumped. Watch the babka during the last 15 minutes of baking for overbrowning. You can cover the top with foil if it seems to be browning too quickly.
5
Cool in pan on a wire rack for one hour. Gently loosen the edges of bread with a knife or spatula. Turn the bread out onto the rack and let cool completely. Store at room temp or refrigerator tightly wrapped.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Hashtag: #babka