Cinnamon Babka

Total Time:
53 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
3 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
15 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Babka:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Topping:
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup flour
Directions

Cream the butter and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until they are creamy. Mix the yeast in warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. When this thickens, add it to the egg yolks with the vanilla and salt.

Combine the milk with the egg yolks and the creamed butter and sugar. Begin adding the flour until a soft dough is formed. Stir in the raisins until they are evenly distributed. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.

Cover the dough and allow it to rise in a warm place until it doubles.

Butter a 3-quart pan and shape the dough into it. Allow the dough to rise again for about 2 hours.

For the topping, cream the cinnamon, sugar and butter, then mix in the egg, milk, and the flour. Coat the top of the dough with this topping and place in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The FN chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.


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    I followed this recipe and it did need about 4 1/2 to 5 cups of flour to make it work. Also the topping sank into the first batch of bread when applied as directed. Instead, I baked the bread for 10 minutes and crumbled the topping on top of the bread, then baked the additional time. This made the bread much better and brought back memories of grandmas home at Easter.
     

     
    it says a total time of 53 minutes.
     

     
    that's impossible if you read the recipe there's one step that takes 2 hours.
    I tried making this recipe and it called for 2 cups flour but after I added it, the dough was not thick enough to form into a ball. It was pourable!
     
    I added enough to make into a ball and knead, so we'll see how that goes.
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