Polish Easter Bread – Babka

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IngredientsPolish Easter Bread – Babka

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, lukewarm
  • 1 cup golden raisin
  • 1/4 cup almonds, sliced and blanched
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 5 egg yolks, keep one separate
  • 1 fresh lemon rind

Directions

  1. Measure 2 cups flour onto piece of waxed paper.
  2. Combine other 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and cinnamon in mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Melt butter and add lukewarm milk.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients and beat at low speed, scraping sides of bowl, 2 minutes.
  5. Add 4 egg yolks and 1 more cup of flour.
  6. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes or until think and elastic.
  7. Gradually stir in last cup of flour with wooden spoon, making a soft dough.
  8. Cover and let rise until double.
  9. Stir in raisins and lemon rind.
  10. Put in a well-greased 3 quart fluted tube pan or heavy Bundt pan.
  11.  Beat 5th egg yolk with 2 tablespoons water and brush top of dough with this mix.
  12. Sprinkle almonds over the top and let rise for one hour uncovered.
  13. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes. Turn out of pan and cool on rack.
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