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Rum babas

Rum babas

Rum baba is a classic French dessert, consisting of a small cake soaked in rum syrup and filled with a little Chantilly (whipped cream).


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Last modified on: November 24th 2013

For 8 babas, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
48 min.2 hours 15 min.30 min.3 hours 33 min.
Preservation: A few days in the fridge after soaking, but without cream.
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Step by step recipe

1 Rum babas : Photo of step #1Melt 40 g butter in a small saucepan and leave to cool. 5 min.
2 Rum babas : Photo of step #2Put into a food mixer bowl: 125 g flour, 5 g yeast, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon caster sugar and 2 eggs. 3 min.
3 Rum babas : Photo of step #3Knead on slow speed until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. 15 min.
4 Rum babas : Photo of step #4Then add the melted butter and continue kneading until this is well mixed in. 5 min.
5 Rum babas : Photo of step #5Gather the dough into a ball, transfer to another bowl and cover with a plastic sheet.

Leave to rest for 1 hour.
1 hour
6 Rum babas : Photo of step #6After this time, pat out roughly by hand into a slab 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) thick. 5 min.
7 Rum babas : Photo of step #7Cut circles out of the dough with a cutter 5 to 6 cm (2 to 2.3 inches) in diameter. 5 min.
8 Rum babas : Photo of step #8Put into proper baba moulds, if possible, or arrange on a baking sheet. Cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rise until doubled in volume (about 1 hour). 1 hour
9 Rum babas : Photo of step #9Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Bake for about 20 minutes.
20 min.
10 Rum babas : Photo of step #10Leave to cool on a wire rack.

You will see how using proper baba moulds gives the characteristic central well.
15 min.
11 Rum babas : Photo of step #11Prepare the syrup by mixing 350 ml water and 200 g caster sugar. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat.

Then add 80 ml rum, ½ vanilla pod and the juice and zest of 1 lime.
5 min.
12 Rum babas : Photo of step #12Trim the rounded bottoms off the babas... 5 min.
13 Rum babas : Photo of step #13...and put the into the syrup. If necessary, pour syrup over the top using a spoon so that they are thoroughly soaked. 5 min.
14 Rum babas : Photo of step #14Place each baba in a ramekin or small dish and fill the centre with Chantilly (whipped cream).

Your rum babas are ready to be enjoyed.
5 min.


You can very the flavour of the syrup by using a different alcohol (such as Macvin du Jura, a fortified wine) or fruit. Of course, they will no longer be rum babas, but will still be delicious.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
251539 gr350 gr139 gr
126 %15 %33 %21 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2113 gr29 gr12 gr
11 %1 %3 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 8 babas : 4.68 €
Per baba : 0.59 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made.
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