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updated MAR 3 2017

Ukrainian Recipes: Ukrainian Easter Bread - Babka

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This recipe makes 4-5 loaves.

INGREDIENTS
3 tbsp yeast
1 tsp sugar

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1/2 cup water
2 cups scalded milk, cooled
1/2 lb melted butter
10 yolks and 2 whole eggs, well-beaten
      1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
grated rind of 1 lemon
1 orange, juice of
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
9-10 cups flour
1 cup raisins


From the Ukrainian Bread Calendar This image from the Ukrainian Bread Calendar, 1991, by Mary Stefura.
- Combine yeast and sugar in water. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Add yeast to the remaining ingredients, adding flour and raisins last to make very soft dough.
- Let rise. When doubled in bulk, punch down and let rise again.
- Put in greased pans (let rise). Bake at 325° F for 3/4 - 1 hour, depends on size of pans.

Note from the Ukrainian Bread Calendar: this bread may be iced, and served with unsalted butter and honey.

Pillsbury has a nice page giving hints and tricks for yeast and kneaded breads, check it out!

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