Easter Babka

1 cup milk Scald the milk, and beat into the flour gradually and thoroughly until smooth
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup lukewarm water Dissolve and stir in yeast until soft
2 tsp sugar
3 tsp yeast
Combine cooled milk mix and yeast, and let sit in a warm place until bubbly
7 eggs Beat together. Add salt gradually, and continue beating
1 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups icing sugar Stir into egg and salt mixture, then combine with sponge (milk and yeast mixture)
1 cup butter, melted
grated rind & juice of 1 orange
5 1/2 - 6 cups flour Stir in enough to make a very soft dough & knead by working dough up and over 10 minutes
1 cup raisins (optional) Knead in
Raise and punch down 3 times. Prepare pans (tall cans) by buttering and sprinkling with crumbs. Fill tall cans 1/3 full, and let rise until it reaches the top of the pan. Brush with 1 beaten egg.
375° 10 min
325° 30 min
275° 15-20 min
Check after 30 min baking time.
Let cool 10 min. Remove from pan and cool on cloth-covered pillow. Turn regularly to keep from settling.

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Last Updated: 25th June, 2009