Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Polish Lemon Babka

   If bread and cake got together, fell in love and had a baby... this would be it!  It is a yeast bread that is just sweet enough and almost has the texture of a traditional cake.  It is amazing that this even works the way it does.


     This cake is a must make.  It is an Easter tradition for many Polish families.  It is a no knead enriched yeast bread that soaks up a river of syrupy lemon goodness.  The final result is soft and flavorful, perfect with a cup of coffee at Easter brunch.  So go ahead and pour yourself a mug of steaming coffee and grab a slice, let's sit down and enjoy it together.


    The dough is very loose for a bread dough.  It is more like a thick batter.  You beat it in your mixer just enough to give the gluten a nudge, but not so much that you get chew in your final texture.


    Then after two long rests (that hardly yield any rising results) you throw the whole thing in the oven and wish for best.  Soak it in syrup, toss on a little glaze and holy moly!



    Babka is the Polish word for grandmother and it seems that everyone's grandmother made it just a bit differently.  If you look around there are so many variations.  I can't speak for the rest, but this one is worth making!



    I made this to bring to Nana and Mike's house.  They were having us over for a pre-Easter dinner and I thought this would be fun to share with them.  I glazed it while it was still warm and cut a slice for a picture.  I couldn't wait!!  



     So, I had them all over for a warm babka mid-afternoon snack.  The funniest part was when I offered up some babka, they all thought I was saying vodka!  Every time somebody new entered the conversation we'd have to explain it again!

    We enjoyed the babka at room temperature, but it was REALLY good still warm.  The would make an excellent brunch item and we enjoyed it both as a dessert and mid-afternoon snack.  It is certainly sweet, but not too sweet.  



      For some more Polish inspired recipes you should try kolacky, a Christmas tradition in my husband's family.  Loaded pierogi are perfect as well. They are a bit of work, but totally worth it! And uncle Greg recommends golumpki



Yield: 12 servings

Polish Lemon Babka

If bread and cake got together, fell in love and had a baby... this would be it! It is a yeast bread that is just sweet enough and almost has the texture of a traditional cake. It is amazing that this even works the way it does.
prep time: 2 hour and 20 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 2 hours and 50 mins

ingredients:

Bread
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins, soaked in warm water for at least a half hour and then drained
Syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract

instructions

  1. In your stand mixer bowl, mix together milk, eggs, yeast and flour with your paddle
  2. Add flour, butter sugar and salt.  Mix on low until blended and then on high for two minutes
  3. Fold in the raisins
  4. Cover and let sit for an hour.  There won't be much of a noticeable rise, that is ok
  5. Dump into a greased bundt pan and spread evenly around.  Cover and let sit for another half hour.  There will be a slight rise, but not huge (notice the pictures above)
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for about 30 minutes
  7. While bread is baking, make the syrup.  Bring the sugar and water to a boil and cook until all of the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and stir in the extract
  8. When bread is done, remove from oven and pierce with a skewer or fork.  Pour syrup over the top and let sit for 20 minutes to soak into the babka
  9. Invert your bundt pan on to a serving dish
  10. Mix together powdered sugar, milk and extract for the glaze.  Drizzle over the top
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Shared at the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday

73 comments:

  1. The babka looks wonderful!!! So beautifully baked and I bet the syrup keeps it nice and moist on the inside!

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  2. I have never made a babka, it sounds wonderful! Pinning to try. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, it is heavenly. You wouldn't really even guess it was a yeast bread!

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  3. This looks so good! Thanks again for sharing at Idea Box. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, we really enjoyed it. Thanks for hosting!

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  4. This looks delicious! You know I have to make this! Thank you for sharing and visiting! Wishing you and your family a beautiful and blessed Easter!
    xo Christine@CherishingaSweetLife

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    1. Thank you, it is worth making, that is for sure! I have been having so much fun getting ready for the weekend's activities! We hope you have a wonderful Easter as well. Holidays are so much fun!

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  5. Oh, this looks so good! I love trying new recipes and especially heritage ones. I am putting this on my list to make :)

    So fun stopping by to visit with you! Happy Easter!
    Kindly, Lorraine

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! This is definitely a good one to make. We really enjoyed it. I love making heritage recipes as well. That is what lead me to start this blog. It has been fun making some of the recipes my great-great-grandparents made. Though sometimes it is hard to follow their directions as they are a little different than modern recipes!

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  6. This looks amazing! You are so talented. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Easter! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. You have a happy Easter as well! Thanks for hosting, see you Monday!

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  7. Wow! This looks so yummy and moist! I've never tried it, but looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing at inspire Me Mondays!

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  8. Your Polish Babka looks very special and would be delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting. I hope you had a great Easter!

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  9. This looks great! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop! :)

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  10. Carlee, you've done a wonderful job with this and it's so timely, too with Easter coming up and a lot of people wanting to serve something that would have been traditional~!

    I appreciate all the tips, too. From the photos I can see I might have worried about making a mistake but it all worked out beautifully~!

    Happy Throwback Thursday!~

    Mollie

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    1. I had never made anything quite like it before and I loved how it turned out! Thank you so much, Mollie. Happy Throwback Thursday!

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  11. This sounds so delicious! I pinned it!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. It was so good and the texture is unlike any other yeast bread I've ever made. Thanks, Jess!

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  12. This looks and sounds so good Carlee.
    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

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    1. Thanks as always, Julie! Have a great weekend!

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  13. Vodka! Ha! This sounds even better than vodka. I'm on a baking kick (unfortunate for my waistline) and have got to try this. Love that it doesn't sound super sweet. Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

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    1. I'd rather have babka than vodka too! I've been baking a LOT more since I started blogging and my jeans are really starting to groan. I need to lighten it up soon... like maybe tomorrow or the next day!

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  14. A baby of bread and cake....bring it in! Oh how scrumptious this looks and lemon baked goods has my heart! Enjoy your Wednesday sweets!

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    1. We definitely need to get together for brunch sometime! <3

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  15. I think I will make this version of Babka this year and see what my husband thinks. I have been trying to recreate his Grandmother's version since we got married.

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    1. Oh my, I hope this gets close! I can't wait to hear!

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  16. I love all things lemon! Can't wait to give it a try.

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    1. I am loving lemon deserts more and more lately too. I hope you enjoy this babka!

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  17. OH WOW!!! This is one I have to make! As soon as possible!

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  18. You had me at Lemon - this looks delicious!

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  19. Don't you love it when you get amazing oven spring when the dough hardly rises at all. The crumb on your loaf/cake looks perfect!

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    1. It is crazy how that happens! Doughs like this always make me a little bit nervous, but it makes the final product all that much more awe inspiring. Thank you!

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  20. Babka is amazing! I love your recipe! I love the vodka babka lol! I have to make your recipe it is a lovely!

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    1. Next time I'll have to have both the vodka and the babka on hand just in case!

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  21. My mom's family is Polish and I called my grandmother Busia (boo-sha) and Americanized version of Babka. My mom called both of her grandmothers "Grandma [Last Name]". My kids call my mom Busia, now. :)
    Our Easter tradition was a lemon pound cake made in a lamb shaped cake pan. I now wonder if my Busia Americanized a Polish tradition!

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    1. My mother-in-law had a busia as well! I love that your kids brought that back. And we definitely have a lamb cake tradition as well. I love holiday traditions <3

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  22. I love lemon this is on my must make list!

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  23. I've never heard of babka, I'm going to have to make this - it sounds delicious!

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  24. This looks delicious. It's so different from the babka I grew up eating and baking, but it's perfect for spring and Easter!

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  25. I've never eaten babka! This looks so delicious. I will have to try the recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You should definitely change that! I hope you love it <3

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  26. Your Easter Babka is wonderful, it would be just delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  27. So tasty Carlee! I've been looking for a more cake like babka recipe to try out!

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  28. What a gorgeous Babka! I always think of Seinfeld when I hear the word and now I can make this for Easter!!

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  29. I can see why this would be perfect for Easter. It would be very impressive for sure. That burst of lemon will put you in the mood for spring.

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    1. It's a great brunch or light dessert option, for sure! Thank you!

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  30. There you went with that lemon again! I can't help myself when it comes to lemon. This is a must make.

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  31. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week, and will be pinned to our Features Board. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  32. Carlee, your lemon babka cake looks delicious. What a great combination of flavors! Next to chocolate, lemon is my favorite. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. We'll be featuring this at today's party. Hope to see you there!

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    1. Lemon is one of my favorites too and its been moving up the list lately ;-) Thak you so much!

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  33. The flavor on this is just perfect! Love those step by step photos!

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  34. Hi Carlee, I posted my version of this recipe today on my blog. It was amazing. Thanks so much for the recipe. You can find my post at https://adayinthelifeonthefarm.blogspot.com/2018/03/lemon-cherry-babka-bundtbakers.html

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  35. This looks like such a beautiful spring cake. Thanks for linking up to the Celebrate 365 Blog Party!

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  36. My glaze doesn't seem thick enough or something as it's not turning white. I followed the instructions to a tee. Any thoughts?

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  37. My glaze does not seem thick enough as it's not turning white. I followed the instructions to a tee. Any thoughts?

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    1. Maybe stir in a little more powdered sugar? Depending on what kind of milk you use the proportions may be a little different.

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