Baba Au Rhum

Cake With Rum


  • ½ lb. of flour
  • 1 level tablespoon of yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of unboiled, but warm milk
  • 3 ozs. of butter
  • 3 large eggs or 4 small ones
  • level tablespoons of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 ozs. of stoned raisins
  • For the syrup which is poured over it: 6 ozs. of lump sugar
  • 1 gill of water, and 6 tablespoons of rum


Sift the flour in a terrine or a salad bowl, and make a well in the centre. Put the yeast in the middle and with the fingers mix with the warm milk and a little of the flour. Cover the yeast lightly with the flour and let it stand for 5 or 6 minutes. Now add the eggs, which should have been well mixed in a basin, and work with the hands for a few minutes, adding another tablespoon of milk. Knead for about 5 minutes. Cover the basin and stand in a warm place for 30 minutes. Add the melted butter, the salt and the sugar to the paste and work for another 5 minutes, mixing in the raisins. Grease a Turk’s head mould, fill it only half way, and set to rise in a warm place. When it has risen almost to the top of the mould it is ready to bake. Put in a moderate oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Remove at once from the mould and put on a wire tray. Make a syrup with the water and sugar, and as soon as the sugar is dissolved let the mixture boil for 1 or 2 minutes. When nearly cold, add the rum, place the baba on a dish and pour the syrup over it. Babas are often made in small fluted cake moulds.