Baba...Ukrainian Easter Bread (for bread machine)

Submitted by Anita McIntosh

 

½ cup orange juice at room temp.
½ cup milk at room temp
½ tsp. Spanish saffron  (brewed in 1/2 cup boiled water...let steep for
at least 2 hrs...best if done over night)
Rinse each of the above containers with a little water after you add to
machine.

3/4 cup white sugar
eggs beaten
3 Tbsp. butter, cut in small pieces
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. salt
1 pkg. and 1 heaping tsp. of dry yeast
5 level cups of flour
1 cup raisins

Follow bread dough instructions for manual and sweet bread...add raisins when the machine beeps.  If it does not beep to let you know, add a few minutes before the machine stops kneading. Let rise in bread machine.  When it has risen to top of machine, remove, make into loaves.  Put in 3 regular size foil bread pans. Let rise till double in bulk. Bake in 350 degrees oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until done.  Remove from oven, brush with butter.  Remove from pans.  Let cool on rack -DELICIOUS.

Notes: The original recipe for Baba was given to me by my Mother.  Her recipe was a little of this, a little of that, feel dough if you need more flour and so on.  Well, when you are not a cook, like she was, this does not work.  lol.  I made up a recipe, let her taste it, she thought it was delicious.  That was long before bread machines.   Now, I made up a revised and much easier recipe with the bread machine and it tastes JUST LIKE MOM'S. Well, not quite like hers but ALMOST.  She would be proud of me.