Cooking is about tradition, and this recipe is one of its symbols. For a gastronome, simply hearing the words “rum baba” makes the mouth water and conjures up an image of something delicious, moist and fragrant, syrupy and soft… in other words, a moment of perfect pleasure. To see a baba wearing its shiny apricot glaze, waiting to receive the anointing of aged rum, and ultimately to be accompanied by a vanilla cream is to witness a small masterwork of good taste. It is my favorite dessert, and you will find it on the menu at Monaco’s
Combine the flour and yeast in a food processor bowl. Then add the salt, honey, butter, and 1 egg. Knead to obtain a smooth, glossy, elastic dough. When it pulls away from the sides of the bowl, gradually incorporate the remaining 2 eggs and finish kneading.
Place the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and rest for 20 minutes.
Put all the ingredients into a saucepan, bring to a boil, then cool.
Pectin NH is a natural gelling agent extracted from the skin and seeds of fruit.
It is sold in drugstores and supermarkets.
Combine the sugar and pectin in a bowl.
Bake the babas until golden.
Cooking the babas takes 25 to 30 minutes. However, oven temperatures can differ, so color is the best guide.
Soak the babas in lukewarm syrup to avoid damaging. Set them aside to absorb the syrup and swell. Drain on a rack.
Brush the babas with the apricot glaze and set aside at room temperature.
Grapeseed oil is odorless and withstands high temperatures. It is ideal for frying or for oiling molds
Combine all the ingredients and whisk until light and frothy.
Place the babas in dessert dishes. Cut in half and drizzle the soft insides with rum. Serve the vanilla cream on the side.
Feel free to replace the rum with Armagnac.
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