Bread Maker Babka
This tender, cake- like babka, a sweet traditional Ukrainian Easter bread, is made in your bread machine!
Servings 8 servings
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.