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

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For 8 babas, you will need:

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Rum babas
Melt 40 g butter in a small saucepan and leave to cool.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
Rum babas
Put into a food mixer bowl: 125 g flour, 5 g yeast, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon caster sugar and 2 eggs.

Stage 3 - 15 min.
Rum babas
Knead on slow speed until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Rum babas
Then add the melted butter and continue kneading until this is well mixed in.

Stage 5 - 1 hour
Rum babas
Gather the dough into a ball, transfer to another bowl and cover with a plastic sheet.

Leave to rest for 1 hour.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Rum babas
After this time, pat out roughly by hand into a slab 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) thick.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Rum babas
Cut circles out of the dough with a cutter 5 to 6 cm (2 to 2.3 inches) in diameter.

Stage 8 - 1 hour
Rum babas
Put 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).

Stage 9 - 20 min.
Rum babas
Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).

Bake for about 20 minutes.

Stage 10 - 15 min.
Rum babas
Leave to cool on a wire rack.

You will see how using proper baba moulds gives the characteristic central well.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
Rum babas
Prepare 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.

Stage 12 - 5 min.
Rum babas
Trim the rounded bottoms off the babas...

Stage 13 - 5 min.
Rum babas
...and put the into the syrup. If necessary, pour syrup over the top using a spoon so that they are thoroughly soaked.

Stage 14 - 5 min.
Rum babas
Place each baba in a ramekin or small dish and fill the centre with Chantilly (whipped cream).

Your rum babas are ready to be enjoyed.
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.
A few days in the fridge after soaking, but without cream.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,467 Kcal or 10,329 Kj32 gr328 gr86 gr
123 %12 %31 %13 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
211 Kcal or 883 Kj3 gr28 gr7 gr
11 %1 %3 %1 %
Per baba
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
308 Kcal or 1,290 Kj4 gr41 gr11 gr
15 %2 %4 %2 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Egg, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 8 babas : 4.62 €
  • Per baba : 0.58 €

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WaterWater: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: How to seal a terrine or casserole dish, How to cook pasta properly, Nougat, Leek and potato soup, Nonettes, ... All
Chantilly creamChantilly cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Quick Strawberry Millefeuille, St Tropez tart, Diplomat cream, Cranachan, Rice pudding with chestnuts and poached pears, ... All
FlourFlour: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Kouign-amann, Jam doughnuts, Strawberry and rhubarb crumble, Chocolate and matcha tea biscuits, Lumberjack turnovers, ... All
RumRum: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Almond cream or frangipane, Brioche slices with almond cream, Pistachio cream, Minted Melon, Pains briochés aux raisins, ... All
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