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Polish Babka (Placek)

1/2 cup warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp flour
3 packages of dry yeast

1 cup milk
1/2 lb. butter

6 eggs, well beaten
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. orange flavoring
6-7 cups flour
1 cup raisins

Combine water, sugar, flour and yeast, and leave to rise.

Warm milk and butter in a small pot.

Beat together eggs, sugar, flour, salt and orange flavouring. Add
the milk mixture and the yeast mixture from above. Add 2 more cups
of flour. Beat well.

Add another 4-5 cups of flour, and raisins,
And beat some more.

Turn into a large bowl and cover and let rise for about an hour.
Knead and cut into 4 parts: put each into a loaf pan. Let rise
one more hour (at halfway, brush with slightly beaten egg white,
and sprinkle with crumb mixture). Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes.


Crumb Mixture

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 lb. butter
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Combine.

This came from my Great-Grandma and has been enjoyed for several
years in our Polish family.

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