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Name of Event

Easter Sunday

Cuisine From

Poland

Description

Rch bread, laced with rum syrup and drizzled with icing,

Summary

Yield 14-16 servings
Preparation time 12-15 minutes + 90 minutes resting time for dough
Cooking time 35-40 minutes
Main Ingredient Bread, dried fruit/ & rum

Ingredients

BABKA/BREAD

  1. 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  2. 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  3. heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) softened butter
  6. 2 cups All-Purpose/plain Flour
  7. 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  8. 1/4 cup currants or raisins (golden raisins preferred)
  9. 1/4 cup candied mixed fruit or candied mixed peel; or mixed dried fruit, chopped

RUM SYRUP

  • 1/2 cup granulated/caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup water*
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons rum*
  • *Or substitute apple juice for the water and rum.

ICING

  • 1 cup confectioners'/icing sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk; or a combination of milk and rum or apple juice

Instructions

  1. Place everything except the fruit in a mixing bowl, and beat at medium speed until cohesive. Increase your mixer's speed to high, and beat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the fruit, beating gently just to combine.
  3. Cover the bowl, and let the dough/thick batter rest/rise for 60 minutes; it won't appear to do too much.
  4. Scoop the batter into a greased 10-cup Bundt pan. Cover the pan, and let the dough rest/rise for 30 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 350°F.
  5. Bake the babka for 35 to 40 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf reads at least 190°F.
  6. 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.
  7. Remove the babka from the oven. Poke it all over gently with a toothpick or fork, and slowly pour the syrup over the babka's surface.
  8. When the syrup is fully absorbed (about 20 minutes or so), carefully loosen the babka's edges, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack.
  9. To make the icing: Mix all of the ingredients together, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over completely cool babka.

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