Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Episode: Central Campania
Baba with Rum
Total:
1 hr 40 min
Active:
55 min
Yield:
6 servings
Total:
1 hr 40 min
Active:
55 min
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

For the cake: 
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/8 cup cake flour, plus 5 cups
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 stick sweet butter, plus 2 tablespoons to grease the pan
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
For the rum syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark rum 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 385 degrees F.

Butter, then flour, a 12-cup muffin pan, and set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the yeast and warm water until the yeast dissolves. Add 1/8 cup flour, stirring until a paste is formed. Set aside for 10 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer for about 5 to 6 minutes, until a light ribbon is formed. Remove the beaters and clean all of the butter mixture off the beaters into the bowl. Place a dough hook attachment on the mixer and add the yeast mixture, the remaining flour, the salt, the eggs and yolks and mix well, about 8 to 9 minutes, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and divide it into 12 equal portions. Place each portion into a cup of the prepared muffin pan, cover with a towel and allow to stand for 1 hour, to double in bulk.

Place the cakes in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cooked through or when a toothpick entered at the center exits clean. Remove and allow to cool on a cake rack for 20 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pan and place them on a sheet tray.

In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar to boiling and stir to dissolve the sugar. Lower heat to a very high simmer and cook 15 minutes to form a simple syrup. Remove from heat, add rum, stir to mix and allow to cool 5 minutes.

Poke the tops of the cakes with a popsicle stick to form 8 to 10 slender holes. Spoon the rum syrup over the cakes and into the holes, and repeat twice with the syrup that drains out of the bottom. Serve with unsweetened whipped cream.

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