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Babka Grandma's Original Recipe

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Babka - Grandma's Original Recipe

Babka is a sweet and delicious yeast cake popular throughout the former Eastern Bloc. While many recipes call for a chocolate filling, this recipe is stuffed with cottage cheese.

  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 yeast cakes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 pound margarine
  • 1 cup white raisins
  • 6 cups flour (stir before measuring)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

1. TOPPING: Melt 2 tbs. margarine in a pan. Remove from heat and add 2 tbs. sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Stir with a spoon to combine, then work with your fingers until you achieve a crumb topping. Set aside. Break up yeast in a bowl and mix in 1 tbs. sugar. Combine well until it liquefies. Stir in water. Set aside.

2. Combine margarine with milk and heat to scald. Cool to lukewarm. Use a large bowl to beat egg yolks with sugar and then add the milk mixture. Stir in the salt, raisins and yeast. Add the flour all at once. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add additional 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix it in well with your hand. Knead on a lightly floured surface about 10 minutes. Round up the dough in a greased bowl, turn greased side up. Cover with damp towel and let rise in a warm area approximately 2 1/2 hrs. (bulk will double.) Punch down and let rise 1 1/2 hrs. or until double. Grease 10" tube pan.

3. Punch down dough and place it in tube pan, cover, and let rise for an hour or until double. Brush top with 1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tsp. water. Distribute crumb topping lightly and bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hrs. Cool in pan 10 minutes.

4. COTTAGE CHEESE FILLING FOR BABKA: 1 egg slightly beaten; 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese; 3 tbs. granulated sugar; 1/2 tsp. vanilla; 1 tsp. grated lemon rind; combine all ingredients. When Babka dough has been punched down after the second rising, spread or roll dough into rectangle. Spoon filling along center of dough. Fold dough over filling making ends meet. Place in pan and bake according to Babka directions. Filling should be at room temperature. Fills one Babka.

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This sounds great. I have heard the word babka, but never knew what it was. The cottage cheese filling sounds different, yet tasty. Yeast cakes can be hard to find. You can substitute a packet of dry yeast for each cake called for. One packet contains two and one-fourth teaspoons yeast. It is not quite the same, but it is close.

Thank you! I didn't know what yeast cakes were and where to find them. Also, does anyone know if it's okay to use regular dark raisins instead of white raisins? Would that affect the flavor significantly? I'm curious to try this one to see how a 'yeast cake' will compare to my usual 'baking powder' cake.

@maryar8 6403874 - Babka is a traditional cake popular in Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. There are several versions of babka, one made with fruit filling, the other with chocolate. You can take your pick which version to make! -The editors of RecipeLion

Babka is not of Polish origin sorry. It is Russian-Jewish origin and you would not fill babka with chocolate anyway!!!


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