Polish Easter Bread (Babka)



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 can seedless raisins

Rum Syrup

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rum


  1. Bread: Mix 3/4 cup flour and yeast. combine milk and margarine in a saucepan only until WARM. Pour into bowl.
  2. Add remaining dry ingredients, and beat for 2 minutes in electric mixer.
  3. Add eggs 1 at a time and up to a 1/2 cup flour to make a thick batter. Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Cover and let rise until doubled.
  5. Stir in raisins and turn out into a 2-quart greased tube pan. Let rise uncovered for 30 minutes.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.
  7. Before removing from pan and while still hot from oven, prick bread with a fork and pour Rum Syrup over the cake.
  8. Rum Syrup: Bring all ingredients to a boil.