Monday, March 1, 2010

Babka


Over the weekend I had a second bake along with Laurie. A while back we made croissants and Friday she mentioned baking Babka. Now, let me start off by saying...I had never heard of this, let alone know what it should look like or even taste like. So, of course, I was in. It wasn't hard at all, just time consuming. You have 3 different 2 hour rises, it is pretty much, mix and wait...3 times..then you can bake it. I decided on the basic cinnamon raisin filling, but really the filling possibilities are endless. Will I make this again...probably.

Cinnamon-Raisin Babka

Adapted from “The Art of the Dessert,” by Ann Amernick ( John Wiley, 2007)
Time: About 2 hours plus at least 5 to 6 hours’ rising

FOR THE DOUGH:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 ounce or 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast, or 1 cake (0.6 ounces) fresh yeast
1/2 cup whole milk at room temperature
1/2 cup eggs (whole eggs or just yolks)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, preferably high fat, at room temperature, plus
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Flour for dusting

For the filling:
1 cup sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 cups large dark raisins

For the streusel topping:
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced and chilled.

1. To make dough, combine flours, salt and all but 1 tablespoon sugar in mixer fitted with dough attachment and mix on medium speed. In a small bowl, stir yeast with one tablespoon warm water and reserved tablespoon sugar just until sugar and yeast have dissolved. Reduce mixer speed to low, add yeast mixture, milk, eggs and vanilla. Beat until dough is shiny and elastic, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Add one stick butter by spoonfuls until thoroughly incorporated, then beat on low speed for about 5 minutes. When finished, dough should be silken and rich like very thick ice cream. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside. When dough has doubled in size, after 2 hours, flour a cutting board and your hands. Then push dough down on board, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight.

3. To make streusel topping, in a small bowl mix flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add cold butter and using your fingers, mix together until crumbly. Set aside.

4. To assemble, line one Bundt pan or two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pans with parchment paper, not letting paper come more than 1 inch above top of pans. Remove dough from refrigerator and divide it in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one piece of dough into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle.

5. In a small bowl, stir sugar and cinnamon together. Place raisins in another bowl and plump with 1/2 cup just- boiled water for a few minutes, and drain.
Sprinkle half the cinnamon-sugar mixture on one piece of rolled out dough and then half the raisins. Repeat with remaining dough. Beginning with long side, roll dough up tightly and fold in ends. Twist babka lengthwise to create a spiral, holding one end of babka in each hand. Place twisted babka in half the prepared Bundt pan or in a loaf pan, pressing dough firmly into pan. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush babka top with melted butter and sprinkle with half the streusel. Repeat with second half of babka dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let loaves rise at room temperature until they reach top of pan or about doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

6. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Allow babka to cool for 30 minutes before cutting. Slice babka and serve.

Yield: 1 large Bundt babka or 2 loaf babkas.

11 comments:

Smitten Sugar said...

Love the swirl! Looks great considering you have never made before!

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never had babka before. It sounds delicious. I'm sure your house smelled amazing while it was baking!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've heard of babka but have never tried it. The waiting is the hard part, but i bet this semleed heavenly as it was baking!

Megan said...

I've never heard of Babka but it sure looks delicious!

Julie said...

Seems like I'd heard of babka, but had no idea what it is. I approve!

Redbonegirl97 said...

That looks delish. Would you like to move in? I shall pay you by allowing you to cook whatever you want, lol.

Tiffany
http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.com

Bethie said...

YUMMY!!!!!!!! I know that had to be awesome.

Debbie said...

I've never made this before....look absolutely delicious!

SprinkleBakes said...

YUM - Never tried it! Looks great though.

Pam said...

This looks and sounds delicious! Great swirl!

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Babka


Over the weekend I had a second bake along with Laurie. A while back we made croissants and Friday she mentioned baking Babka. Now, let me start off by saying...I had never heard of this, let alone know what it should look like or even taste like. So, of course, I was in. It wasn't hard at all, just time consuming. You have 3 different 2 hour rises, it is pretty much, mix and wait...3 times..then you can bake it. I decided on the basic cinnamon raisin filling, but really the filling possibilities are endless. Will I make this again...probably.

Cinnamon-Raisin Babka

Adapted from “The Art of the Dessert,” by Ann Amernick ( John Wiley, 2007)
Time: About 2 hours plus at least 5 to 6 hours’ rising

FOR THE DOUGH:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 ounce or 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast, or 1 cake (0.6 ounces) fresh yeast
1/2 cup whole milk at room temperature
1/2 cup eggs (whole eggs or just yolks)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, preferably high fat, at room temperature, plus
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Flour for dusting

For the filling:
1 cup sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 cups large dark raisins

For the streusel topping:
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced and chilled.

1. To make dough, combine flours, salt and all but 1 tablespoon sugar in mixer fitted with dough attachment and mix on medium speed. In a small bowl, stir yeast with one tablespoon warm water and reserved tablespoon sugar just until sugar and yeast have dissolved. Reduce mixer speed to low, add yeast mixture, milk, eggs and vanilla. Beat until dough is shiny and elastic, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Add one stick butter by spoonfuls until thoroughly incorporated, then beat on low speed for about 5 minutes. When finished, dough should be silken and rich like very thick ice cream. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside. When dough has doubled in size, after 2 hours, flour a cutting board and your hands. Then push dough down on board, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight.

3. To make streusel topping, in a small bowl mix flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add cold butter and using your fingers, mix together until crumbly. Set aside.

4. To assemble, line one Bundt pan or two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pans with parchment paper, not letting paper come more than 1 inch above top of pans. Remove dough from refrigerator and divide it in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one piece of dough into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle.

5. In a small bowl, stir sugar and cinnamon together. Place raisins in another bowl and plump with 1/2 cup just- boiled water for a few minutes, and drain.
Sprinkle half the cinnamon-sugar mixture on one piece of rolled out dough and then half the raisins. Repeat with remaining dough. Beginning with long side, roll dough up tightly and fold in ends. Twist babka lengthwise to create a spiral, holding one end of babka in each hand. Place twisted babka in half the prepared Bundt pan or in a loaf pan, pressing dough firmly into pan. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush babka top with melted butter and sprinkle with half the streusel. Repeat with second half of babka dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let loaves rise at room temperature until they reach top of pan or about doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

6. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Allow babka to cool for 30 minutes before cutting. Slice babka and serve.

Yield: 1 large Bundt babka or 2 loaf babkas.

11 comments:

Smitten Sugar said...

Love the swirl! Looks great considering you have never made before!

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never had babka before. It sounds delicious. I'm sure your house smelled amazing while it was baking!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've heard of babka but have never tried it. The waiting is the hard part, but i bet this semleed heavenly as it was baking!

Megan said...

I've never heard of Babka but it sure looks delicious!

Julie said...

Seems like I'd heard of babka, but had no idea what it is. I approve!

Redbonegirl97 said...

That looks delish. Would you like to move in? I shall pay you by allowing you to cook whatever you want, lol.

Tiffany
http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.com

Bethie said...

YUMMY!!!!!!!! I know that had to be awesome.

Debbie said...

I've never made this before....look absolutely delicious!

SprinkleBakes said...

YUM - Never tried it! Looks great though.

Pam said...

This looks and sounds delicious! Great swirl!

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