4.24.2011

Wesołych Świąt

Happy Easter...
The most typical Polish Easter cake, virtually universal, is the Babka [bob-kuh], a rich bread-like cake, often shaped in a "bundt" shape, reminiscent of a woman's skirts, hence its name Babka (Grandmother Cake). An ingenious form is often used in the U.S. when the cake is baked into a coffee can. (Often mini Easter babkaBabeczka, is blessed for the children.) Also prominent are the lamb cake, the Polish specialty of Makowiec [ma-ko-vee-ets](poppy seed cake),Sernik [sair-neek] (Polish style cheesecake) and other sweets.

And now to share with you a little recipe.
(you know I can't give you the secret one!)
RECIPE:
Mix the yeast with 1 t. sugar and a few T. warm milk; cover with a towel and leave in a warm place to grow. Add salt to dry sifted flour, pour in the yeast and the rest of the lukewarm milk, gently mix and leave for a few minutes. When it has risen, add egg yolks mixed with sugar and grated lemon peel and raisins and mix in a blender until smooth (about 10 min.) Still mixing, gradually add melted, still-warm butter, then add orange peel and raisins. When the dough has completely absorbed the butter, cover it with a towel and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour. When it doubles in volume, put it in a tall hollow-centered cake form, greased with butter and sprinkled with bread crumbs. The form should be filled a bit less than half of its height. Cover the pan with a towel. When the dough has almost filled the form, brush the top with an egg mixed with 1 t. milk and put into a moderate oven. Bake for about 40-50 minutes at 360 degrees. When cooled, the cake may be glazed, although it is often served without glaze for Easter.
(Note: above recipe makes 2 babki, 1 large (10" dia.) and 1 small (7" diameter).)
INGREDIENTS:
Dough:
1 lb. wheat flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 c. butter
5 egg yolks
1 c. milk
2 oz. yeast
1/2 flat t. salt
2 oz. raisins
1 T. finely chopped candied orange peel, grated lemon peel (scalded with hot water)
1 egg to brush the babka
butter and bread crumbs to grease the cake form

Optional Glaze:
1 c. powdered sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. boiling water
Mix powdered sugar with lemon juice and hot water
ENJOY!!!





The importance of Easter foods
  The centrality of food, celebration and hospitality to Polish Easter are reflected in the most typical Polish proverb:
"Gosc w Dom, Bog w Dom."
(Guest in the home is God in the home.)

Happy Easter all my wonderful rebels!!!
xoxo
Cat

8 comments:

  1. That looks delicious. Have a wonderful Easter Sunday.

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  2. Hello Gorgeous Friend,
    Thank you for your secret recipe...it looks divine. Happy Easter to you and your family!

    Thank you so much sweet friend for your words of comfort for my dear Toby, I miss him something terrible, but it's dear friends like you that hold me up and I truly adore you for that.
    xoxo
    Karyn

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  3. Wishing you and yours a very Blessed Easter!

    xxoo
    Marsha

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  4. Happy Easter from your salty mermaid friend high in the Rockies!
    kinda nippyish on this overcast day..
    hope your day is just grand and glorious!
    warmest hugs..
    Loui♥

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  5. mmmmmmm!!!! wishing you a Happy Easter!!!

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  6. Happy Easter!!! I hope you both have had a beautiful day!!

    XO
    Cindy

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  7. Happy Easter, Cat! I love to bake... I'm going to bookmark this in my recipe file. Thanks for sharing! Looks delish! Love the Polish proverb, also :) ~M

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  8. Happy Easter! from your Canadian Mermaid friend with Polish in-laws :)

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Thanks for taking the time to share your rebellion! It is much appreciated! YOU ROCK!