Babka with honey

Yield: 240 servings

Measure Ingredient
8 ounces Yeast
2 pounds Water
2 pounds Bread flour
22 ounces Honey
1¼ ounce Salt
4 ounces Nonfat dry milk
1½ pounds Egg
1 ounce Vanilla
3 pounds Bread flour
1 pounds Shortening
1 pounds Margarine
2½ pounds Raisins

Sponge: Dissolve yeast in water. Mix in flour. Ferment until dough begins to recede after rising.

Dough: Mix together honey, salt, milk, eggs and vanilla. Add to sponge dough mixture. Mix well. Add flour. Mix until absorbed. Add melted fat in a steady stream. Mix until fat is incorporated and dough is smooth. Mix in raisins just until incorporated.

Main procedure: Ferment dough for 1 to 1½ hours, until well risen.

Scale dough into 1-lb. pieces. Roll out into oblong shapes about ¼" thick. Brush with melted butter. Roll up as for a cinnamon roll and stretch to about 24". Fold in half, then twist in a circle, placing dough in greased tube or turban pan. Wash with melted butter. Bake at 360 F for 50 minutes. Submitted By DAN KLEPACH On 08-14-95

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