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Rating: 4.33 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Orange zest and raisins make this Polish Easter bread a special treat.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
24
Yield:
2 loaves
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

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  • In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, 2 cups of the flour, the whole eggs, egg yolks, sugar, milk and orange zest; mix well. Add the remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until the dough comes together. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 5 minutes.

  • Flatten the dough out with your hands and smear 1/3 cup of the butter on the dough. Fold up the dough and knead gently to incorporate the butter into the dough. Repeat this twice until all of the butter is incorporated. Use the same method to incorporate the raisins.

  • Lightly oil a large mixing bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn the dough to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let stand in a warm place until doubled in volume; about 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C).

  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal size pieces. Form each piece into a loaf and place them in two lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.

  • Brush the tops of the loaves with egg whites and bake at 350 degrees F(175 degrees C) until the top of the loaves are golden and the bottom of the loaves sound hollow when tapped, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

297 calories; protein 7.1g; carbohydrates 44.8g; fat 10g; cholesterol 76.2mg; sodium 84.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2003
It was a little difficult to make but the orange zest really added a punch to the flavor. The bread got hard after just a day or two so eat it quickly!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/19/2003
Good cake. Needed a little more sugar in the dough I thought. Read More
(34)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
04/18/2003
Good cake. Needed a little more sugar in the dough I thought. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2003
It was a little difficult to make but the orange zest really added a punch to the flavor. The bread got hard after just a day or two so eat it quickly!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2003
OK so as far as breads go this one isn't easy. But in terms of special holiday breads this Babka really isn't that tough to do at all. And to top it off the results of your efforts will be worth the bit of extra work. The bread is flaky and buttery--not what you want to eat when you are trying to loose a few pounds. But then what the heck? This bread is for special occasions. It's completely yummy. Thanks Alicia! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2007
This was an interesting bread to make! I made it Easter Sunday for my family's dinner and everyone loved it! Had some issues with the dough rising (I am not a great "yeast bread" maker-quick breads are more my speed) but I let it cook about 15 longer than suggested (because it was still a little "doughy") and it still came out great! I omitted the raisins and it was still wonderful! I left the extra loaf at my Dad's for the family to enjoy well after Easter! Can't wait to try it again next year! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2007
This recipe is delicious but there is so much dough that I think I will use three loaf pans from now on instead of just two. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2012
My polish mother and ukrainian mother-in-law both said this was better than store-bought!! Moister and a bit sweeter I loved it too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2013
I have used this recipe for several years and found that 3 9"x5"breads can be made. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2017
I love making yeast bread but I am lazy so I used my bread machine on the dough setting which makes it so much easier. I scaled to 9 servings because 3 cups of flour is perfect for my machine. I used all milk 1 tbsp yeast 1 tbsp vital gluten flour 2 whole eggs 2 egg yolks and 1/2 tsp salt. This bread recipe is missing salt which is very important when making bread. When my bread machine beeped at the add in time I added the melted butter then the raisins after it was well kneaded I needed to add at least a 1/4 cup of extra flour as it was quite sticky. I was able to make 4 mini loaves (12 oz of dough each) which baked in 25 minutes. I brushed the loaves with butter as soon as I removed them from the oven as it ensures a soft crust. Usually when I make Easter bread we also put a glaze on I used a scant tsp of orange zest 4 tsps orange juice and a heaping 1/2 cup of icing sugar which I brushed on once the breads were cooled. It smells awesome! My neighbours will be so happy with their little gifts. I made this for the Allrecipes Allstars Canada April Challenge #ARFaceless Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2019
I have made this as an Easter gift for my sisters every year since I found this recipe back 7 years ago-- they all love it-the only thing I change is that I don't glaze the top and I put in a little extra orange zest Read More