"Traditional Polish Easter bread. Serve as a coffee cake for breakfast or with tea." — JJOHN32
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1 1/4 cups
2 (.25 ounce) packages
active dry yeast
warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
grated orange zest
grated lemon zest
1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups
chopped blanched slivered almonds
packed brown sugar
This has become an Easter tradition for me and everytime a guest has some, they beg for a loaf to take home. I usually have to have several in the kitchen ready to give away. This is the best!!!
Eleanor, I knew with your anadama bread that you were some kind of bread genius, but this bread is too much--it's wonderful. My dad says it's the best bread I've ever baked (and I've baked quite a few now).
Delicious! My husband is polish and I make this every Easter to give to his family! I bake the Babka in 4 9x5 loaf pans instead of using the angel food cake pans, and it works out really well. This is an awesome recipe, one I have made part of our Easter tradition, thank you!
This recipe is fantastic. You can't buy it this good from a bakery. I made a large bread in the angel cake pan and another two regular shaped breads in bread pans from this one recipe. I made a mistake and left out the 4 egg yolks. Guess what? The bread was still perfect. I also didn't have a lemon and left that out. I put extra orange zest and orange juice. I used white and black raisens. My husband can't stop eating it. Thanks to JJOHN32 for this great Bopka recipe.
Wow, I have been wanting to make this bread for ages now but it seemed like so much work. As Easter approached, I took the plunge, and wow, why did I wait so long? I cut the recipe down by a third, using 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk, and got some of the measurements slightly off (added a little too much butter), but this bread was light and delicious! I left the dough for the final proof in the pan overnight (I could not believe how high it rose) then baked in the morning. I took it to work where a Polish colleague told me I nailed it!
Next time I will make the whole recipe and give the extras away as gifts. As good as any bread I have had from a fine bakery. Highly recommend your trying if you are nervous!
Awesome recipe--wonderful! My grandmother's recipe was so dry, and this was not at all. I added 1/2 tsp. almond extract and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg with the vanilla. I loved the citrus additions. Thank you for sharing!!
Very good! Reminded me of the ones I used to have with my family! I will definitely make this again!
Really tasty Babka! It was the best when it was still warm ... and with some butter spread on it !! My family enjoyed it. I really like the orange flavour in there!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/36 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 326
** Calories from Fat: 88
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