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Recipe: Cinnamon Babka
Babka: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/2 teaspoon granulatedsugar 4 large egg yolks 1 (.25-ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons) 1/4 cup warm water1 cup milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup raisinsTopping: 1 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 pound butter 1 large egg 2 tablespoons milk 1 cup all-purpose flour
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butterand 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolksuntil creamy.
Mix the yeast in warm water with the 1/2teaspoon of sugar. When this mixture thickens, add it to theegg yolks along with the, milk, vanilla and salt.
Add the yeast mixture to the butter/sugarmixture and mix well. Slowly add the flour until a soft doughis formed. Stir in the raisins until they are evenly distributed.
Turn dough out onto a floured work surfaceand knead until dough is no longer sticky.
Cover the dough and allow it to rise ina warm place until it doubles.
Butter a 3-quart pan and shape the doughinto it. Allow the dough to rise again for about 2 hours.
For the topping, cream the sugar, cinnamonand butter, then mix in the egg, milk, and the flour. Coat thetop of the dough with the topping and place in a preheated 350°F(175°C) oven for 30 minutes or until done. Cool for 10 to15 minutes in pan on wire rack before removing. Cool completelyon wire rack.
Makes 12 to 15 servings.
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