Recipe by Valinda
"Babka is a rich yeast-raised cake bread. A successful babka, the pride of every Polish/Ukrainian homemaker, is rich, tender, fine-textured, and very light. Traditionally, this bread is baked in tall round baking pans. Coffee cans can be lined with baking parchment and used instead."
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2 1/2 (.25 ounce) packages
active dry yeast
warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
My family truly enjoyed, the Bread, It is a great dough,The moistness is excellant. Thank you for sharing. It will remain in my best of recipies.
I found the bread to be a little to dry. It was also heavy. Flavor was good, next time I will cut back on the lemon zest. I will try bread flour instead of the all porpuse flour to see if it lightens it up. May try cutting out second rise.
This recipe is wonderful. Very light. If you like Babka, you will like this. Follow step by step and you will have success. Just like my moms, except she put on a sugary top which I love. Does anyone know how to add that to this recipe?
This weekend is Russian easter. My family (Grandmother and her sisters) traditionally go to church and get their babka's blessed on Saturday. My great aunt used to make them, but since she has passed, no one kept the tradition until this year, a couple of weeks ago I "tested" this recipe out after looking around and sure enough, Grandma approved and said tasted JUST like her sisters...So now I'm stuck making them all day today and tomorrow!! We do it in coffee cans, no liner just greased, and we do not add raisins. We ice it with powdered sugar, corn syrup and a little water and add sprinkles for the kids.
Wonderful! It is almost identical to the recipe my Ukrainian Baba (grandmother) use to make. I like a few more raisins, but the flavor is delicious. Also, as a warning to the Babka uninitiated...NEVER try to use a mixer (even a heavy duty stand mixer), you will burn out your motor because this is a very thick, sticky dough.
I have made this Babka twice now... away from my grandmother's traditional recipie which no one knows. I followed this exactly the first time, the second time I added more raisins. Both times I ended up with three separate loaves - one baked in an angel food cake pan, and two in regular bread pans. They all turned out wonderful; however, turns out a little on the dry side and not sure how to correct it.
Authentic recipe! This babka tastes just like the kind you buy at a Polish bakery.
omg i love this recipe i have mine from an old cook book from poland of course. and it is simply delicous. But i had lost the recipe and found yours and it is simply terrific!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/15 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 331
** Calories from Fat: 126
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