Babka: Polish Holiday Bread
This sweet yeast bread is a favorite holiday treat in our family.
makes 4 loaves
4 cups evaporated milk, scalded or 3 cups dry milk with boiling water added to make 4 cups liquid
Add 2/3 cup butter to hot milk and cool to lukewarm.
Mix 2 Tablespoons dry yeast (2 packets) into 1/2 cup warm water.
To the lukewarm milk add
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
7 yolks from large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
8 cups bread flour.
yeast & water mixture
Beat until smooth & well blended.
Add 1 1/3 cup golden raisins and enough more flour to make a dough you can knead.
Knead dough until soft and manageable.
Cover & let rise until double -- about 1 1/2 hours.
Punch down. Shape into loaves, place in four greased loaf pans and let rise again until doubled, about 1 ½ hours.
Preheat oven to 350. Brush tops of loaves with beaten egg yolk.
Bake 40-45 minutes, until nicely browned.