Polish babka (placek)

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Warm water
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Flour
3 packs Dry yeast
1 cup Milk
½ pounds Butter
6 \N Eggs; well beaten
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Orange flavoring (up to)
7 cups Flour
1 cup Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 \N Egg yolk
¼ pounds Butter
1 teaspoon Grated orange rind
½ cup Bread crumbs

CRUMB MIXTURE

From: Katherine A Strinka <ks6t+@...> Date: 21 Feb 1994 04:18:07 -0500 Hi. This sounds like it might be what you're thinking of, but we always called it Placek.

Combine water, sugar, 1 Tbs flour and yeast and leave to rise. Warm butter and milk in small pot. Beat eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, salt and orange flavoring. Add the milk mixture and the yeast mixture from above.

Add 2 more cups of flour; beat well. Add another 4-5 cups of flour, a cup of raisins, and beat it some more Turn into a large bowl and cover and let rise for about an hour. Knead and cut into 4 parts: put each into a loaf pan. Let rise one more hour (at halfway, brush with slightly beaten egg white, and sprinkle with crumb mixture (below)). Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes.

Crumb mixture: Mix all ingredients.

This came from my Great-Grandma and has been enjoyed for several years in our Polish family.

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