How to make a rum baba

How to make a rum baba

How to make a rum baba

by Great British Chefs22 May 2015

How to make a rum baba

Rum baba is a classical French dessert consisting of an individual yeast cake that is soaked in a syrup of rum, sugar and water. It is traditionally served with whipped cream.





In a large mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, yeast, salt and honey. Once combined, gradually sift in the flour and stir to create a smooth batter
Slowly pour the melted butter into the batter and mix until smooth and thoroughly incorporated
Divide the batter between 6 non-stick baba or savarin moulds and leave to prove in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size
Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas mark 4
Bake for 10–12 minutes until the babas are golden brown. Remove from the moulds and leave to cool
Place the sugar, water, rum and orange zest in a saucepan and bring to the boil
Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, add the babas and soak for 20–30 seconds. Serve with whipped cream


You can use other flavourings in the syrup instead of rum, such as, orange or grapefruit juice, calvados or Cointreau.

Serving suggestions

Try William Drabble's Soaked savarin with Scottish raspberries, Martin Wishart's classic Rum baba or Adam Gray's version with poached pears and ginger ice cream.

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