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BABKA
Yeast Cake

2 tbs. margarine
2 tbs. sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 yeast cakes
1 tbs. sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 lb. margarine
1 cup white raisins
6 cups flour (stir before measuring)
1 cup milk
9 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

TOPPING: Melt 2 tbs. margarine in a pan. Remove from heat and add
2 tbs. sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Stir with a spoon to combine, then
work with your fingers until you achieve a crumb topping. Set
aside.

Break up yeast in a bowl and mix in 1 tbs. sugar. Combine well
until it liquefies. Stir in water. Set aside. Combine margarine
with milk and heat to scald. Cool to lukewarm.

Use a large bowl to beat egg yolks with sugar and then add the
milk mixture. Stir in the salt, raisins and yeast. Add the flour
all at once. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add
additional 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix it in well with
your hand. Knead on a lightly floured surface about 10 minutes.

Round up the dough in a greased bowl, turn greased side up. Cover
with damp towel and let rise in a warm area approximately 2 1/2
hrs. (bulk will double.) Punch down and let rise 1 1/2 hrs. or until
double. Grease 10" tube pan. Punch down dough and place it in
tube pan, cover, and let rise for an hour or until double. Brush
top with 1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tsp. water.

Distribute crumb topping lightly and bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2
hrs. Cool in pan 10 minutes.


COTTAGE CHEESE FILLING FOR BABKA:

1 egg slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
3 tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. grated lemon rind

Combine all ingredients.

When Babka dough has been punched down after the second rising,
spread or roll dough into rectangle.

Spoon filling along center of dough. Fold dough over filling making
ends meet. Place in pan and bake according to Babka directions.
Filling should be at room temperature. Fills one Babka.

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Cheese Babka to make your mouth water, December 22, 2006 - 01:00 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Northeast PAaaa
Easy, and tasty - start the coffee now

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