Monday, April 9, 2012

Cinnamon Babka

This bread is delicious toasted with a cup of tea!
Since I have a paid on-line subscription to  America's Test Kitchen, I receive emails from them and this recipe was recently sent from their Cook's Country.  I love making bread and thought I'd try this one out.  OH MY GOODNESS, is this bread ever good!!!  It is like eating a gooey, yummy cinnamon roll, only in sliced form.  I will be making this recipe again!

Once you’ve added the butter in step 3, if the dough is still sticking to the sides of the bowl after five minutes of mixing, add 2 to 4 tablespoons of extra flour.
  • 1 cup packed (7 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces)  all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, heated to 110 degrees
  • 2 large egg yolks  (plus 1 large egg, used later to brush on top of the dough)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (10 ounces)  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces and softened
  • 1. FOR THE FILLING: Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Set aside 1 tablespoon filling.
  • 2. FOR THE DOUGH: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. When oven reaches 200 degrees, turn it off. Grease large bowl. Whisk milk, egg yolks, and vanilla together in a bowl.
  • 3. Using stand mixer fitted with dough hook, mix flour, sugar, yeast, and salt on low speed until combined. Slowly add milk mixture and mix until dough comes together, about 3 minutes. Increase speed to medium-low and add butter, 1 piece at a time, until incorporated, about 1 minute. Continue to mix until dough is smooth and comes away from sides of bowl, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer dough to prepared bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in turned-off oven until dough has risen slightly, about 1 hour. Place in refrigerator until dough is firm and has doubled in size, at least 1 hour.
  • 4. Line 8½ by 4½-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, allowing excess to hang over edges. Punch down dough on lightly floured counter. Roll out dough to 20 by 14-inch rectangle. Spread all but 1 tablespoon reserved filling over dough, leaving ½-inch border around edges. Working from short side, roll dough into cylinder and pinch along seam to seal. Position cylinder seam side up and roll back and forth until stretched to 18-inch length. Spread reserved filling over top of cylinder. Fold cylinder on top of itself and pinch ends to seal. Gently twist double cylinder twice to form double figure eight. Place shaped dough seam side down in prepared pan, cover loosely with plastic, and let rise in turned-off oven until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • 5. Lightly beat whole egg in bowl. Remove loaf from oven and discard plastic. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Brush loaf with beaten egg. Bake until deep golden brown and loaf registers 190 degrees, about 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • TO MAKE AHEAD: Instead of letting dough rise in step 4, cover shaped loaf with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Let dough sit at room temperature for 1 hour before baking.


    1. Yum! How I would love to have some right now with some coffee, mmmmmmmm! Thx for sharing. Thanks for the kind words on my Bad Bunny Cupcakes post, I really do appreciate it. I'm a follower as well! :)

    2. I emailed this to my daughter! It looks yummy!

    3. Your bread looks beautiful, love the swirls! I made a Challah for Easter and have enough dough left over for one more loaf, hoping to try rolling it with cinn/sugar/raisins and freezing it before baking. Curious to see how that turns out:@)

    4. Oh how I want a piece of it, right now!! I'm a little hungry and I'd love it with my afternoon cuppa coffee! Thanks for coming sweet lady. Enjoy your week.

    5. That looks so delicious! I like your blog template too - really cute for a cooking blog! Hope you had a nice Easter, Kitty.

    6. Oh how I would love a piece of this! I usually don't bake because I am the only one who would eat it.....and I would eat it:):) Wish I could get a piece. XO, Pinky

    7. YUMMY! This bread does look gooey and delicious! I can taste it looking at your picture! I guess I'll have to make it to experience it. Great sell!

    8. Mmm, this looks ever so good, Kitty! I haven't made bread in years and when I did, I made cinnamon braids for a special treat. Your bread looks simply delicious! Thanks for joining me for tea and enjoy your week.


    9. Hi Kitty
      This bread does look, and sound yummy. I only ever make tea breads (no yeast and rising) but the directions look easy enough that I should try it. There are definitely unused dough hooks with my KitchenAid stand mixer. :-)

    10. Oh,my! Yummy! Happy Tea Day!

    11. Hi Kitty,
      that looks really great. Thanks for sharing.
      Best greetings, Johanna

    12. It looks delicious, Kitty! Dh makes Babka every year for Easter, it is his tradition, he is of Ukrainian heritage. His is big and round and he puts cheese in his. I will have to show him this recipe!

    13. Oh this looks sooooooooo good. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    14. My husband loves any sweets with cinnamon! Looks delish...

    15. Kitty, This bread looks fantastic. My family would eat it before I could get is out of the pan. Thanks for sharing this.
      Thank you so much for your visit and following. I am now following back. I look forward to our visits. Ginger

    16. Hi Kitty!

      If you know me at all... you know I love sweets and breads... so this is a winner for me! I would have this toasted with my coffee in the morning and again as a bedtime snack.

      Thanks for sharing at my party this week!

      xoxo Bunny Jeans
      Wednesday's Bunny Hop

    17. Oh my goodness! this sounds like heaven. Toasted with a cup of tea would make me very happy.

    18. Looks and sounds delicious. Andi

    19. Look at how beautiful that bread it! Amazing!!!

    20. Good Morning Kitty,
      This would be a wonderful treat for my morning coffee. Hope you are having a wonderful Spring day. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
      Miz Helen

    21. Beautiful! This looks delicious! I Would love to have y'all link up to my 2 carnivals today.... (anything food related) and (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

    22. Wow! Another great recipe for me to try to in my bread machine! It looks fabulous!

    23. This looks like something my MIL would make in Romania. I might have to try this sometime for my husband. yum!!

    24. Hi,

      I followed you over from Mix it up Monday and this looks amazing!

      I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at

      Have a great day,

    25. Kitty, what a lovely loaf! I love a good cinnamon babka in any shape.


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