Course Breads, Dessert
Cuisine Jewish
Keyword all purpose flour, candied mixed fruit, golden raisins, instant yeast, rum
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Rising and Wait Times (Combined) 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 182kcal


  • 1/2 cup milk lukewarm
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt heaping
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter 4 tablespoons softened
  • 2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins currants or raisins
  • 1/4 cup candied mixed fruit or candied mixed peel; or mixed dried fruit chopped or candied mixed peel; or mixed dried fruit

Rum Syrup

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water*
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons rum*


  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk; or a combination of milk and rum or apple juice


  • Place everything except the fruit in a mixing bowl, and beat at medium speed until cohesive. Increase your mixer’s speed to high, and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the fruit, beating gently just to combine.
  • Cover the bowl, and let the dough/thick batter rest/rise for 60 minutes; it won’t appear to do too much. Scoop the batter into a greased 10-cup Bundt pan. Cover the pan, and let the dough rest/rise for 30 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Bake the babka for 35 to 40 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the loaf reads at least 190°F.
  • While the babka is baking, prepare the rum syrup. Combine all of the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil, swirling the liquid in the pan, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat.
  • Remove the babka from the oven. Poke it all over gently with a toothpick or fork, and slowly pour the syrup over the babka’s surface. When the syrup is fully absorbed (about 20 minutes or so), carefully loosen the babka’s edges, and turn it out of the pan onto a rack.
  • To make the icing: Mix all of the ingredients together, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over completely cooled babka.
  • 1 loaf, 12 to 16 servings.


*Or substitute apple juice for the water and rum.
Nutritional values listed may vary from final results depending on actual measurements and brands used to prepare the recipe.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 155mcg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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