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Babka (Creative Cooking)

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Servings: 12
Categories: Cakes / Desserts

1/2  c  Milk
1/3  c  Vegetable shortening
1  t  Salt
1/4  c  Sugar
1  pk  Active dry yeast
1/4  c  Warm water
2    Eggs, beaten
1/2  ts  Dried lemon peel
2 1/4  c  Flour
1  c  Raisins
1/4  c  Chopped almonds

Scald milk in saucepan. Add shortening, salt, and sugar; stir until shortening is melted and sugar dissolved. Cool to lukewarm. Dissolve yeast in warm water; add to lukewarm milk mixture and mix well. Add eggs and lemon peel to milk mixture. Add flour; beat until smooth. Cover and let rise for 6 hours. Punch down dough. Add raisins; knead until smooth and elastic. Generously grease brioche pan; sprinkle bottom with almonds. Pour dough into pan. Let rise, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 425F. Bake babka for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately. Source: Creative Cooking Desserts, page 5

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