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Rom Baba (Sponge Cake with Rum)
Serves: 6 to 8

1 envelope active dry yeast
6 Tbs warm water
1 tsp salt
6 Tbs granulated sugar
6 Tbs tepid milk
1/2 cup butter, melted, and cooled to room temperature
5 eggs, slightly beaten
grated zest of 1 orange rind
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 1/4 cups water
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups rum (or apple juice with 2 tsp. rum extract)

Sprinkle the dry yeast over the warm water in a large bowl and stir
until the yeast is dissolved. Let stand for 5-minutes. Add salt,
sugar, milk, butter, eggs and orange rind to the yeast and mix
until batter is smooth. Gradually add the flour to the batter and
continue to mix thoroughly until the batter is smooth and shiny.
Cover the bowl with a clean, damp kitchen towel and let rise in a
warm place until the batter has doubled in volume, approximately
1-hour.

Generously grease a ring mold or bundt pan. Beat the risen dough
for 2-minutes and then transfer the dough to the baking pan. Let
the batter rise, uncovered in a warm place until it has doubled in
volume, again. Approximately 30 to 35-minutes. Batter should now
reach the top of the mold or pan.

Pre-heat oven to 425-F degrees and bake for 25 to 30-minutes, or
until a cake tester comes out clean. if necessary, run a knife
around the edge of the mold or pan and invert the cake on a rack
to cool for at least 15-minutes.

Prepare the syrup while the cake is cooling. In a small saucepan,
combine the water and sugar. Simmer until the sugar is completely
dissolved, approximately 10-minutes. Remove the pan from the heat
and cool slightly, then add the rum and stir.

Place the cooled cake on a plate and poke holes all over the cake
with a skewer or toothpick, then pour the syrup slowly and evenly
all over the cake. Let stand. Use a large spoon to baste the cake
every 10-minutes with the syrup that collects on the plate. Repeat
the process until almost all of the syrup is absorbed, then serve.

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