Wednesday
Apr112012

Making Babka

One of the highlights of our Easter celebration are homemade loaves of Babka, a traditional Polish sweet bread. My family makes our bread on Friday so we can take a loaf to church on Holy Saturday to be blessed.

This year, I started the bread in my Cuisinart bread machine and finished it in the oven. I like to use the bread maker to free up my time to do other tasks. The Cuisinart is extremely versatile, offering a variety of crust and loaf options. It also has preprogrammed menu options including low carb, gluten free, dough, sweet breads and even jams.

I gathered my ingredients including all purpose flour, sugar, golden raisins, cinnamon, milk, butter, salt, yeast, lemon rind and four egg yolks.Babka ingredients

I placed the ingredients, wet first then followed by the dry in the machine, put it on the dough setting and let the machine do its magic.

1 1/2 hours later, I had a supple dough fragrant with cinnamon and lemon. I kneaded it quickly and turned on the oven to 350°F and put the dough to rise in my warming drawer.

Into the ovenOnce it rose to double (dependent on temperature and environment) I put the two one-pound loaves in the pre-heated oven for 35-50 minutes or until baked. I always use a quick read thermometer to check the dough. The internal bread should be 195-200° degrees.

As you can see, the final products turned out beautifully. The loaves were browned to perfection. Plus they were delicious!

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