Ginger baba au rhum

Yield: 20 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Flour
1 pinch Salt
¼ cup Milk
1 cup Sugar; plus
4 teaspoons Sugar
¼ ounce Instant yeast
2 larges Eggs
3 tablespoons Unsalted butter; melted
4 teaspoons Large crystal sugar
6 tablespoons Rum
1 \N Piece peeled fresh ginger (1\"); cut in 4 pieces

Sift flour and salt into large bowl. In smaller bowl, combine warmed milk (110 degrees), 4 teaspoons sugar, and yeast. Let sit 5 minutes until foamy; stir. With wooden spoon, combine yeast mixture into flour. Add 1 egg, lightly beaten, and butter. Stir 5 minutes; dough will still be sticky.

Cover; set in warm place 45 minutes, until doubled.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 425 degrees. Beat dough with wooden spoon to remove air bubbles, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons flour if needed. Turn out dough onto lightly floured board. Form into 1 inch balls with lightly floured hands.

Place dough in well-buttered 1 inch by 2 inch molds. Cover, and let proof 10 minutes. Whisk remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the baba au rhum with the egg glaze, and sprinkle with sugar crystals. Bake about 10 minutes, until golden.

Meanwhile combine remaining 1 cup sugar, ¾ cup water, rum, and ginger in small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Cook 5 minutes more. Set aside to steep. When baba are golden brown, remove from oven. Strain syrup into a large bowl. Turn baba out of pan and into syrup to soak. May be made up to this point 3 to 4 hours ahead. Serve baba in syrup at room temperature.

Source: "Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Dec 1996/Jan 1997" S(Formatted for MC5): "by Lynn Thomas - Lynn_Thomas@..." Per serving: 98 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (23% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 16g Carbohydrate; 24mg Cholesterol; 14mg Sodium Food Exchanges: ½ Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; ½ Fat; ½ Other Carbohydrates

Recipe by: Martha Stewart

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