Babas au Rhum with Apricot, Prune and Cranberry Compote

Babas au Rhum with Apricot, Prune and Cranberry Compote
8 servings

Small, delicious yeast cakes topped with apricot, prune and cranberry compote.



Babas Au Rhum

Tbsp lukewarm water
1 ½
tsp active dry yeast
tsp sugar
large egg, at, room temperature
cup flour
Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 4 pieces
cup raisins
cup dark rum
clarified unsalted butter, for brushing moulds

Apricot, Prune and Cranberry C

cup sugar
cup water
juice from half a lemon
cup dried cranberries
cup dried apricot
cup dried prunes
cup dark rum


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Position rack in the upper third of the oven.

Step 3

Pour the warm water in to a medium bowl. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the water. Add the egg and stir briefly with a rubber spatula just to mix.

Step 4

Put the flour in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed until the ingredients are just blended. Increase the speed to medium-low and beat for 8 minutes until the mixture is smooth. Add the butter and beat on low only until the butter is absorbed into the mixture. Approximately 1 to 3 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place (85 to 95 degrees F) for about 15 minutes until slightly risen. It will not double. You’re looking for a noticeable increase in volume and lightness.

Step 6

While the dough is rising put the raisins or currants in a small bowl and pour over just enough dark rum to cover. Brush 8 charlotte moulds with clarified butter and place on a jelly-roll pan. Set aside.

Step 7

When the dough has risen, drain the raisins. Reserve the rum. Stir the raisins into the dough with a rubber spatula. Fill the moulds halfway with the dough. Let the dough rest in a warm place until the dough rises and fills the moulds. It takes about 30 minutes.

Step 8

Bake the risen babas for 20 minutes or until they are golden. The babas will shrink slightly from the side of the moulds and can be removed easily. Unmould the pastries onto a cooling rack. The babas can be made ahead to this point, wrapped airtight and frozen for about 3 weeks.

Step 9

Once the babas have cooled slightly, spoon warm fruit compote over the top. Serve with whipped cream.

Step 10

Soak dried apricots, cranberries and prunes in rum for 20 minutes. In a saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar into water. Add soaked fruit and rum to sugar mixture. Cook the mixture until reduced by half. Add lemon juice.

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