Rating: 3.19 stars
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4

This delicious recipe for Easter babka comes from the "Martha Stewart Living" television show.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2008

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Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 3 cakes
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, scald milk. Add butter and stir until melted. Remove pan from heat and let mixture cool to lukewarm.

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  • In a small bowl, stir yeast into warm water; let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, or until foamy.

  • In a large bowl, beat eggs, yolks, and sugar until thick. Add salt, zests, vanilla, and liqueur. Stir to combine. Stir in milk mixture, then yeast.

  • Add flour, a cupful at a time, until dough is moist but not sticky, mixing with a wooden spoon or your hands. Stir in almonds and raisins.

  • Knead dough on a floured board, adding more flour if dough is too sticky, until dough comes away from your hands, about 6 minutes. Place dough in a very large buttered bowl.

  • Cover dough with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down and let rise again until doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 9- or 10-inch kugelhopf or angel-food cake pans. Sprinkle pans with a tablespoon of confectioners' sugar, if desired. Divide dough into 3 portions; arrange in pans and cover loosely. Let dough rise to tops of pans, about 30 minutes.

  • Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until cakes are golden brown and tops make a hollow sound when tapped with knuckles. Cool for 5 minutes in pans; turn out onto racks and cool for 20 minutes more.

  • Spoon glaze onto babka, allowing it to drip over sides.

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Reviews (4)

52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
04/03/2012
I chose this recipe because it seemed closest to what I remember my grandmother making at Easter. I had a bit of trouble though when mixing the dough. It was far stickier than I expected. I ended up adding about 3 more cups of flour to be able to get it out of the bowl and then about 1 cup more while kneading. I wonder if the instruction for measuring the flour should be "9 cups of flour, sifted" rather than "9 cups of sifted flour". Two very different measurements. Any one else encounter this?
Rating: Unrated
04/05/2010
May we please have the recipe for the crumb topping that was in the video and also in the original recipe? It was delicious.
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04/02/2010
Thanks for the memories - it was absolutely superb watching a previously televised episode which included your mother. My wife has mastered your mother's Stollen, so now I look forward to the Babka. Our very best wishes to you and your family this Easter season.
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Rating: Unrated
09/02/2008
Hi Martha, it sure made me very sad to watch this video with your mother, it's going to be one year since she passed away. I had a recipe similar to this one, but, the put on top kind of strussel. I lost the recipe and that's when I run into this clip. Good for you Martha!