- 1 quantity Basic Rich Babka Dough
- 200g poppyseeds
- 200g caster sugar
- 120g honey
- 120g raisins, chopped
- 1 cup brandy
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- finely grated zest of 2 lemons
- 1 egg, beaten
Preparation time: 20 minutes + rising time
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Makes: 1 loaf
1 Preheat oven to 200°C. Roll out the dough to make a rectangle 35cm x 30cm. Combine the poppyseeds, sugar, honey, raisins, brandy, spices and zest in a medium saucepan and simmer briefly until thickened. Spread on a tray to cool, then spread over the dough, leaving a 5cm margin at the far long edge.
2 Roll up the dough starting at the near long edge, then transfer the log to a lined oven tray. Cover loosely with cling film and allow to rise for 1 hour. Brush with beaten egg, then bake for 10 minutes, misting with a little water. Reduce the heat to 180°C and bake for a further 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.