Holiday Special Polish Easter Babka!

To keep up with my Polish traditions I baked this delicious and easy to make “Easter Polish Babka”. A perfect snack and dessert to your holidays festivities!

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup lukewarm milk

• 3 large eggs (room temperature)

• heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 cup granulated sugar

• 4 tablespoons butter (softened)

• 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

• 2 teaspoons instant yeast

• 1/4 cup currants or raisins (golden raisins preferred)

• 1/4 cup candied mixed fruit or candied mixed peel or mixed dried fruit (chopped)

Rum syrup

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 1/4 cup water

• 1 to 2 tablespoons rum

Beat the butter with sugar and add eggs one at a time, then add the yeast which we mixed before with the warm milk.

Next, add the flour with salt and beat everything together for 2 minutes. Add the fruit, beating gently just to combine.

Cover the bowl, and let the dough rise for 60 minutes.

Scoop the batter into a greased “babka” pan. Cover the pan, and let the dough rise for another 30 minutes.

Note: If you don’t have a “babka” pan, bake the “babka” in an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan, instead.

Bake the “babka” at 350 F for 40 minutes.

While the “babka” is baking, prepare the rum syrup. Combine all of the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil, swirling the liquid in the pan, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat.

Remove the “babka” from the oven (poke it all over gently with a toothpick or fork) then pour the syrup over the “babka’s” surface.

When the syrup is fully absorbed, carefully loosen the “babka’s” edges, and turn it out of the pan onto a serving dish.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy this “babka” as a dessert for your family gathering!

Bon Appetit!

Recipe Inspiration @https://www.kingarthurbaking.com

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