11 January 2011


Every culture has their special dishes. Some, like Italian and Thai food, have found their way into the mainstream. Others, like Mennonite and Ukrainian are less well-known. Well, I have the great fortune to bring to your attention some of the less-well known dishes from my mother's Mennonite family.

Holidays wouldn't be the same for me without bubbat. Not a cake, not a bread, bubbat is a leavened raisin dough that I absolutely love to eat. It's a marvelous thing when fresh, only make enough to serve the day that you're cooking. We serve it with turkey on Christmas and Thanksgiving.
¼ cup sugar
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cups raisins
2 eggs
¼ cup milk
1 cups heavy cream
Mix the dry ingredients, raisins and all.


Beat the eggs.


Slowly mix in the milk and cream to properly emulsify them. Remember, emulsification works best when done slowly. Especially in the early mixing stages, the slower the better.


Mix the wet with the dry, in a few swift strokes. Given that this is a baking powder-leavened dish, it is imperative that you mix as rapidly as possible, so the baking powder doesn't crap out. Pour into a buttered bread-loaf pan.

Bubbat dough

Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes to an hour. Like cake, we're looking for a batter that you can stick a tester into and come out clean. Serve screaming hot. Bubbat goes best when hot. And it *is* tasty.


Moist and sweet. The perfect carbohydrate complement to a turkey dinner.


Anonymous said...

some people like it the next day!

Anonymous said...

I have a similar recipe, which is also a family favourite.

2C flour
1C sugar
1C Half & Half
1/2C butter
1C Raisens or Craisens or combination
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder

Bake @ 350, 45 - 60 minutes (till golden brown), in a 8x8 prepared glass dish.

Bbq Dude said...

That's quite a bit sweeter than the recipe we use. I wonder if my mum was the one to reduce the sugar in that. I should check her original recipe books...

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