Sweet Bread Babka for Easter w Icing

posted by Aprilmb 03-27-99 6:18 PM

Easter Babka with Icing

1 envelope of dry yeast
1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
/21 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 TBS melted butter
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 TBS rum or lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350.

Dissolve yeast in cream. Combine with half the sugar and flour and let double in size.

Add all the remaining ingredients except the raisins and knead until smooth. Add raisins, while continuing to knead.

Grease and flour baba (Bundt or tube) pan. Place dough in pan, cover with a clean cloth, and leave in a very warm, draft-free place until doubled in size.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. When cool, remove from pan. Mix ingredients for icing well and drizzle over baba

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