Traditional Easter Babka Recipe - Polish Babka Wielkanocna

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1 (12-inch) Polish Easter Babka

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This Polish Easter babka celebrates the return of the egg to the diet after the strictures of the Lenten fast. A mere 15 egg yolks are featured in this traditional recipe! For a lower-cholesterol, one-rise recipe, try Easy Babka. Babka is an indispensable component of a Polish Easter feast and is featured in other cuisines, including Ukrainian where it takes a tall shape similar to a Russian Kulich. More Eastern European Babka Recipes. See Easter Breads Across Eastern Europe and Easter Bread Recipes Around the World Freeze leftover egg whites and save for leftover egg white recipes. Larger photo of Polish Easter babka.

Ingredients

1 cup milk
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
15 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
1/2 cup melted butter
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3/4 cup candied citrus rind (optional)
1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)
1/3 cup light or dark raisins
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