Rum Baba
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 1 Rum Baba
  • ½ cup raisins or dried currants
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk, warmed to 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, optional
  • ½ cup butter, cut into ½ - ¾ inch pieces, softened to room temperature, plus 1 extra Tablespoon for buttering the cake pan
Rum Syrup:
  • 1¼ cup water
  • ½ - ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ - ½ cup rum
  • ½ cup orange marmalade, apricot preserves or apple jelly
  1. Place the raisins in a bowl and pour in enough boiling water to cover them. This step is optional, but I really like doing it, because it softens the raisins and makes them really plump and juicy. Let the raisins stand while you prepare the dough.
  2. Combine the flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Mix to combine. I used a standing mixer with a dough hook attachment, but you can even make this by hand.
  3. Add the warm milk, eggs and vanilla (and orange zest, if you're using it), mixing to combine.
  4. With the mixer running on medium low speed, add the warm butter pieces one at a time, until the dough is evenly mixed and all the butter is incorporated. The dough will be pretty runny.
  5. Drain the raisins and add them to the batter, mixing to combine.
  6. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place to rise until it doubles in size, 1 - 2 hours.
  7. Meanwhile, butter a bundt pan with 1 Tablespoon of softened butter, making sure you get into all the corners and butter the top as well, since the dough will rise all the way to the top.
  8. When the dough has doubled, pour it out into the prepared bundt pan. Cover it with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with oil and set it aside to rise for another hour or so, until the dough rises all the way to the top of the bundt pan.
  9. While you are waiting for the dough to rise, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the Rum Baba for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of it comes out clean. While the Rum Baba bakes, make the rum syrup by combining the water and sugar in a small saucepan and heating it just until the sugar dissolves.
  10. The Rum Baba itself won't be sweet, so you can make the syrup as sweet as you like. Add more or less sugar, it's totally up to you. Pour in the rum, also adding more or less, depending on how much rum flavor you want the Rum Baba to have.
  11. When the Rum Baba has finished baking, remove it from the bundt pan. I like to set the "cake" into something that has rimmed edges, like this baking sheet, since it will hold the rum syrup as you're pouring it over the cake. Pour the rum syrup as evenly as you can all over the Rum Baba. You will need to use all of the syrup, so as some of it drips off into the baking sheet, get it with a spoon and pour it back over the cake.
  12. Warm the orange marmalade (or apricot preserves/apple jelly) and brush it all over the surface of the Rum Baba and then transfer it to a serving plate.
  13. Serve with whipped cream; it's such a wonderful combination. The Rum Baba is best served the same day.
Recipe by Olga's Flavor Factory at