Saturday, April 23, 2011

Babka - Grandmother's Bread

Babka is  brioche-like yeast cake traditionally baked for Easter.  Babka comes from "baba or babci" meaning Grandmother.  This is my mother's recipe.  Perfect in the morning just with butter and a hot cup of coffee.

You will need:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 cup scalded milk
  • 2 pkgs. dry yeast
  • 5 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. each orange and lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup golden raisans
Scald milk; add butter and sugar and stir until butter melts.  Cool to lukewarm.  In your stand mixer, add milk mixture.  Add yeast and 2-1/2 cups of the flour, beat well.  Add eggs, one at a time until well blended.  Add zest, raisans and remaining flour.  Mix to incorporate and knead 10 minutes.  Dough will be a little sticky, but don't add any more flour.  Transfer to a large, oiled bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.  Punch down dough and place in a well buttered tube pan.  Cover and let rise again; about 45 minutes.

Brush the top of the dough with beaten egg.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
This makes fabulous French Toast!


  1. gorgeous! this bread/cake looks fabulous! I love the french toast it makes too!

  2. Your bread looks great Patti, thanks for sharing your mom's recipe! Happy Easter:@)

  3. I love that you share your family's recipes. I learn so much!!
    Love the addition of golden raisins in it too!

  4. Great! Gorgeous babka and the braided cheese one looks even yummier! Thanks for sharing your Mom's recipe!

    By the way, where did you get this baking pan and what brand is it (I'm looking for one just like this)?


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