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Quick Baba - -208/14

Babas are small cakes made with yeast and usually contain raisins or currants.  They are usually baked in a special baba mold and soaked in a rum syrup.

Instead of using yeast I use baking powder so there is no need to proof the dough which can take up to 2 hours for the dough to rise.  When you don't have that much time but wants to make babas try this simple and short version.   Click on LINK to see how to prepare the babas the traditional way.


Babas are soaked in a delicious rum syrup and orange zest.


You can eat them just the way they are or you can add a scoop of ice cream.


Close look at the babas. 

Preparation work..



5 tablespoons butter, melted

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 eggs

Rum syrup

1/2  cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2  cup  rum

Zest of 1 orange

In a large bowl mix together the flour and baking powder.

In a separate bowl mix the egg yolks together

Melt the butter in your microwave and pour over the egg yolks.

Mix together.

Pour the egg/butter mixture over the flour mixture.

Stir the mixture

keep stirring until smooth.

Butter your baba molds and divide the dough equally among the molds.

smooth out the dough.  Preheat the oven at 400 degrees and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes.

While the babas are baking prepare the syrup.

Put the sugar in a sauce pan and add the zest of 1 orange.

Add half cup of water

Bring to a boil over low heat.

Remove from the heat as soon as it starts to boil.  Stir in the rum

Mix well and set a side until the babas are baked.

Remove the babas from the oven.

Un-mold the babas and put them into a large bowl. 

Pour the warm syrup over the babas.

Let them soak for a few hours or until all the syrups are absorbed.


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