- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1/2-ounce)
- 2 cups bread flour
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 unsalted stick, melted but not hot
- Rum Soaking Syrup, recipe follows
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- Sweetened Whipped Cream, accompaniment
- Fresh berries, accompaniment
Beating with the paddle attachments, add the eggs 1 at a time, followed by the remaining 1 1/2 cups of bread flour, the sugar, salt, and zests. When a soft dough forms, slowly beat in the butter to make a smooth dough. Let rest for 20 minutes.
Place the dough in the prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until it has nearly reached the top of the mold, about 40 minutes.
Place on a sheet pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 minutes, or until the top of the baba is golden brown and the sides have begun to pull away from the pan slightly.
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Set the wire rack over a sheet pan. Using a toothpick or skewer, poke holes all over the top. Pour the warm syrup over the warm cake and let sit until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
Transfer to a cake platter or stand. Serve with the whipped cream and fruit.
Rum Soaking Syrup:
3 3/4 cups water
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 vanilla bean, split in 1/2 lengthwise and seeds scraped
10 tablespoons dark rum
In a medium saucepan, combine all of the ingredients except the rum. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Add the rum.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. Cover to keep warm for soaking the baba.
Yield: 4 cups
Sweetened Whipped Cream:
2 cups heavy (whipping) cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon dark rum
In a large bowl, beat the cream with an electric mixer at medium speed until frothy. Add the sugar and rum and beat until the cream holds soft peaks, being careful not to over beat.
Cover with plastic and refrigerate for up to 1 hour before serving.