best lemon poppy seed polish babka

Pillowy texture Rich flavor Versatile

why you will love this lemon poppy seed babka


- soak the raisins (1 hour) in hot water and brandy - drain the liquid, pat dry the raisins and apply 1 tbsp of flour to further absorb the moisture - activate the yeast - in a small bowl, combine warm milk, active dry yeast, and 1- 2 tbsp of sugar.

Step by Step

- prepare the dough - combine together flour, egg yolks, whole egg, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest, poppy seeds, sea salt,  activated yeast mixture, butter and raisins - knead the dough 15 min, until it becomes smooth

Step by Step

- liberally grease the baking pan - transfer the prepared dough into the prepared pan, spreading it out evenly - cover the pan with a towel, place in a warm spot and let it double in size 

- preheat oven to 350F  - bake the Babka 45 - 50 min until golden brown - you may need to cover the top of the pan with foil to avoid burning the babka 

- remove the babka from the oven - let it rest and cool in the form for 10-15 minutes - prepare the lemon glaze - carefully remove the babka from the form and let it cool few minutes

- glaze and enjoy!

- proper yeast activation, frothy + fragrant = good!  - use room temperature and fresh ingredients - kneading, min 15 min to develop gluten and texture - dough rising, must double in size - baking in preheated oven - resting in the baking pan