*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
 
                                   Babka
 
 Recipe By     : Lloyd Malanka Dancers Cookbook
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Breads                           Ukrainian
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      c             milk -- scalded
      1/2  c             water -- lukewarm
    1      tbsp          sugar
    2      pkg           yeast
    3      c             flour
    7                    eggs -- separated
    1      c             sugar
    1      tsp           salt
    1      c             butter -- melted
    7      c             flour (or more)
    1      c             raisins
    1      tbsp          orange rind -- finely grated
 
 Scald the milk and let cool. Dissolve the 1 tbsp. sugar in lukewarm water
 and sprinkle yeast over it. Let stand 10 minutes. Add yeast mixture to the
 cooled (lukewarm) milk. Beat in 3 cups flour until smooth and let rise in a
 warm place until bubbly, approx. 1 hour.
 
 Beat egg yolks until light, then add sugar gradually while beating. Add
 salt, melted butter and orange rind. Beat egg whites until frothy. Combine
 egg yolk mixture and egg whites with the sponge and mix well. Stir in enough
 flour to make a very soft dough and knead continually for 15 minutes. When
 raisins are used, they should be added after dough is kneaded. Cover and let
 rise in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down and let rise as before.
 
 Grease tall round pans generously and coat lightly with dry bread crumbs.
 (Coffee or Crisco tins make good containers for Babka.) Form dough into a
 ball, small enough to fill 1/3 of a container. Let rise in a warm place
 until dough barely reaches the top.
 
 Brush the loaves gently with a beaten egg, diluted with 2 tbsp. water. Bake
 in preheated 375 degree F. oven for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature
 to 325 degrees F. and  bake for 30 minutes. Then again lower temperature to
 275 degrees F. and continue baking 10 minutes. The baking period depends on
 size of loaves. If Babka is turning dark, cover with aluminum foil. 
 
 Remove baked loaves from the oven and let them stand in the pans for 5-10
 minutes. Take each loaf out very carefully. Cool completly. Babka is always
 sliced in rounds, across the loaf.
 
 Yield: five or six loaves.
 
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