Cinnamon Bun Babka
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup (11/2 sticks) melted margarine or butter, cooled, plus more for brushing
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup melted margarine or butter, cooled
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 1 orange, zest finely grated
- 1 large egg white
To prepare the dough: In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of the warm water. Sprinkle in 1/4 teaspoon of the sugar and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
Turn the mixer on low speed and add the remaining water, sugar, melted margarine, eggs, and salt. Add 2 cups of the flour and turn the speed up to medium; continue to mix until incorporated. Gradually add the remaining flour, and continue to mix until the dough holds together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl; the dough will be very soft.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface, until smooth and elastic. Rub the inside of a mixing bowl with the oil and put the dough in it, turning to coat. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for about 1 1/2 hours, until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle, about 10 by 18-inches. Brush the surface of the dough with melted margarine and spread the filling evenly across. Roll the dough up, jelly roll-style, into a long cylinder, and twist it a few times like your wringing out a towel. Put the dough on the sheet pan and coil it around like a pinwheel, tuck the loose end of the dough under so it doesn't unravel. Brush the top of the dough with more melted margarine. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until your kitchen smells like cinnamon, and the babka is golden brown. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack.
To prepare the orange glaze: Mix the all the ingredients together in a bowl, until the sugar dissolves. Whisk the glaze to smooth out any lumps; drizzle it over the top of the babka while it is still warm.
Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence