Looking for a recipe for KOLACZ - a Polish sweet bread with raisins and also a BABKA recipe .... it's a sweet bread also...

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Looking for some ethnic (POLISH) sweetbread recipes - KOLACZ and BABKA both are very yeasty- sweet -soft and delicious

-- Anonymous, December 20, 2000


2 receipes for babka> 1st one:4oz.yeast,2c warm H2O,31/2or4lb sifted flour,1c sugar,2tbs.salt,1tbs baking pwdr,1lb.butter,6eggs,12oz.white raisens. Dissolve yeast in 2c.warm H2O. Add enough sifted flour to make consistency of pancake batter-let rise. Mix sugar,salt & baking pwdr. Add to melted butter. Beat eggs & add both to yeast mix. Mix well, add enough sifted flour to knead until it clears bowl & hands. Set aside in well greased lg.pot until double in bulk.(about 1 1/2to 2 hrs.) Push down & add raisens that have been soaked in warm H2O. knead in well. Divide and put in well greased pans. Let rise again until double. Bake in mod.(325) oven until baked (about 1 hr.)

-- Anonymous, December 31, 2000

Am new to this internet thing, so bear w/me. Not sure if 2nd receipe went through, so here it is again. Ingredients: 1 c milk, 1/4 c. warm water,2 pgk active dry yeast, 1/2c.sugar,1tsp.salt,1/2c. butter,4 eggs,1 egg yolk,4 1/2c. unsifted all-purpose flour,1/2c. seedless raisins. Topping: 1 egg white,2tbs.flour, 2 tbs. sugar,1/4 tsp.cinnamon,2 tbs.flour. In sm. saucepan, heat milk until bubbles form around edge, remove from heat, cool to lukewarm. Pour warm water into lg. bowl, first rinsed in hot water. Sprinkle yeast evenly over the surface of the warm water, stirring until dissolved. Add lukewarm milk, 1/2c sugar, salt, 1/2c. butter, eggs, egg yolk and 3 c. flour. Mix at med. speed until smooth and blended. With wooden spoon,stir in 1 1/2c flour;beat vigoursly 2 min. or until dough leaves side of bowl. Mix in raisins. Cover w/towel and let rise in warm place until double in bulk (about 1 hr) Grease and flour 9" springform pan. Fold 30" strip of foil lengthwise around top, extending over rim 2 ". Turn dough into pan. Cover loosely w/towel, let rise in warm place until dough is 3/4 " from top. (about 1 hr) Preheat oven to 350F. Make topping: using a fork, beat egg white w/1tbs. water--brush on top of babka. Mix flour,cinnamon and butter- sprinkle on top of babka. Bake 1 hour or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. About 16 servings. These are both good receipes--hope you enjoy them. If you ever get any receipes for the Kolacz, I'd appreciate it if you sent it to me--I'd like to give it a try. GOOD LUCK!

-- Anonymous, December 31, 2000

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