Lemon-Cheese Babka Recipe

Step 1

Sprinkle yeast and 1/2 tsp of the sugar over very warm water in a 1 cup measure. Stir to dissolve yeast. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Combine 2 cups of the flour, salt, lemon rind and the remaining sugar in a large bowl; make a well in the middle. Beat eggs and egg yolks in a small bowl just to mix. Pour eggs, yeast mixture and warm milk into well. Stir liquids into flour until smooth. Beat well.

Step 3

Add softened butter gradually, beating well. Stir in 1 more cup of the flour. Beat until dough leaves the side of the bowl.

Step 4

Knead on a lightly floured surface; until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

Step 5

Press dough into a buttered large bowl, turn to bring buttered side up; cover. Let rise in a warm place, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until doubled in volume.

Step 6

While the dough is rising, make Cheese Filling: Beat cream cheese and cottage cheese in a small bowl with an electric mixer until smooth; beat in egg yolk and sugar. Stir in lemon rind.

Step 7

Make Crumb Topping: Combine nuts, flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Grease two 8 x 1 1/2 inch pans.

Step 8

When dough has doubled, punch down, knead in raisins; divide dough into four equal parts; press two parts into the bottoms and about 1/2 inch up the sides of the prepared pans; spread each with about 1 cup of the cheese filling.

Step 9

Shape remaining dough into 2 8-inch circles; place on top of cheese filling. Press the handle of a spoon into dough around edges to seal.

Step 10

Sprinkle half the crumb topping over each. Let rise in a warm place until dough reaches the top of the pans, about 1 hour.

Step 11

Bake in a preheated 350 F degree oven for 40 minutes; or until the cakes sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack. (Place foil loosely over the crumb topping; invert onto rack, then turn right side up.) Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Things You'll Need

  • 1ea Envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/4c Sugar
  • 1/4c Very warm water
  • 3 1/2ea To 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4ts Salt
  • 2ts Grated lemon rind
  • 2ea Eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3c Warm milk
  • 6tb Butter or margarine,
  • -softened
  • 1/2c Raisins
  • Powdered sugar
-----------CHEESE FILLING---------------
  • 8oz Pkg cream cheese
  • 1/2c Cottage cheese
  • 1ea Egg yolk
  • 1/4c Sugar
  • 1ts Grated lemon rind
-----------CRUMB TOPPING----------------
  • 3tb Flour
  • 1/3c Chopped nuts
  • 3tb Butter or margarine,
  • -softened
  • 3tb Sugar
  • 1/4ts Ground cinnamon

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