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. *Do not dig the hole so deep that the liquid comes through; make sure the yeast ONLY touches the flour and not any of the liquid
Set bread machine on dough cycle and when ‘add fruit/ingredients’ signal goes off, add raisins.
When dough cycle is complete (usually about 1 hours and 20 minutes in the bread maker), 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 (in warm place). (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: The old-fashioned way: Remove from oven and knock on the bottom of the tin with your knuckles. If done, it will sound hollow when tapped.The best way: use a thermometer to assess the doneness of breads, freeform loaves, and soft rolls. A temperature of 190°F at the center will yield bread that's fully baked. I use this instant read thermometer- (affiliate link) -it's great for everything food related!
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.
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📋 Ukrainian Babka Recipe (Bread Machine)
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 199Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.