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Bread Maker Babka

This tender, cake- like babka, a sweet traditional Ukrainian Easter bread, is made in your bread machine!
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Ukrainian
Keyword babka, bread, Ukrainian
Servings 8 servings
Author Slightly altered from "Bread Machine Babka" , "From Baba with Love" cookbook, pg. 109



  • In a small bowl, beat egg, egg yolks, butter, sugar, salt, milk powder, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla. Pour into the bread maker. Add 1 cup water, minus 1 tbsp.
  • Add flour, then form a small crater with your finger in the top of the flour and pour yeast into this crater.
  • Set bread machine on dough cycle and when ‘add fruit/ingredients’ signal goes off, add raisins.
  • When dough cycle is complete, remove from bread machine.
  • Prepare 3 juice tins (I use 48 oz /1.36 L tomato juice tins)  by greasing generously with shortening and divide dough into 3 balls. Place balls into 3 juice tins and let rise until double in bulk. (about 45 mins- 1 hour)
  • Beat egg whites until foamy and brush tops of loaves.
  • Bake on low rack of oven on 375 degrees F for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown on top (if loaves are browning too fast, cover with aluminum foil)
  • Check for doneness: Remove from oven and knock on the bottom of the tin with your knuckles. If done, it will sound hollow when tapped (yes, this really works!)
  • Remove loaves from oven, cool slightly and remove from tins onto pillows covered with tea towels.
  • Slice in rounds and serve with butter, if desired.


Note: This recipe is for a 1 lb bread maker
Note: Gluten free option: Replace all- purpose flour with: 3 and 2/3 cups rice flour
Note: I use tomato juice tins (about 1 litre),  as it has become increasingly difficult to find coffee tins (most are made out of a plastic-type material) now
*Loaves are very soft and require careful handling.