Cook's Country Cinnamon Babka - Instructions
Notes: Once you have 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. The test kitchen's
favorite loaf pan measures 8-1/2 by 4-1/2 inches. If you use a standard 9 by 5-inch loaf pan, start
checking the babka for doneness after 40 minutes. Serves 8
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 F. When oven
reaches 200 degrees F, turn it off. Grease large bowl. Whisk milk, egg yolks and vanilla together in
1-cup liquid measuring cup.
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.