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a loaf of cheese babka and three slices on a dark platter with glass plate and forks in the backgorund

Babka Serowa

  • Author: polishhousewife
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 75min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Polish


A moist, citrus scented, poundcake-like cheese babka



all ingredients should be at room temperature

  • 8 ounces farmer’s cheese orTwaróg
  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk (you might not use it all)


  1. Preheat overn to 325 F
  2. In a mixing bowl or a food processor, mix/process the farmer’s cheese until smooth. Mix in 14 tablespoons butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Add the flour, citrus zest and baking powder mixing only until combined. Over mixing once you’ve added the flour will make for a tough cake.
  4. Transfer the batter to an 8 or 9-inch loaf pan that you have greased or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 60 – 75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The internal temperature will be 203-205 degrees. Cool.
  5. With a fork or a small whisk, mix the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and just enough milk to give you a glaze that is thick, but will run down the sides a bit. Spread over the top of the cooled loaf.

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