How do you make Polish Babka bread?


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To make Polish babka bread, knead a mixture of 6 cups flour, 1 cake yeast, 2 beaten eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/4 pound butter, 3/4 cup golden raisins, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt for approximately 30 minutes before letting covered dough rise for about an hour. Divide dough in half after punching it down, and brush with an egg yolk-water mixture before heating at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 to 35 minutes.

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Larger pans require between 40 and 50 minutes. When finished, bread should be golden and sound hollow if tapped.

Active dry yeast is a suitable replacement for cake yeast. Heat milk, butter, sugar and salt in a saucepan before cooling and transferring to large bowl. To dissolve yeast, pour it into 1/2 cup of warm water, and wait 5 minutes. Once eggs and vanilla are added into the mixture, ensure dough does not stick to hands once the kneading process finishes. If it does, continue kneading by hand or use a kneading attachment for an electric mixer. Let dough sit in a warm area without drafts.

A slower rise may improve this bread's flavor. Often served during Christmas and Easter holidays, babka bread is a traditional dish in Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe.

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