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2 oz. fresh yeast (or 2 Tbsp yeast)
1 cup sugar
1 cup warm water
10 cups flour (approximately)
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter
4 egg yolks
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups warm milk

3 pkgs. firm cream cheese (8-oz. each)
2 lbs. farmer’s cheese
5 Tbsp vanilla sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups sugar

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar

1 egg for brushing

Place yeast, sugar and 1 cup warm water into the bowl of an electric mixer. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add remaining dough ingredients, alternating wet and dry, and mix very well for at least 5 full minutes to make a soft dough. Cover and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled.

Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for the filling in a large bowl and blend very well, using a dough hook, immersion blender or just the back of a fork (with a strong arm holding it!)

Mix ingredients for crumb topping as well, by simply crumbling butter, flour and sugar with your fingers to create a crumbly consistency. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Once dough has risen, take challah (without a brachah) and divide the dough into 3 or 4 parts (depending on the size of your pans and how large you want your cakes to be). Roll each piece of dough out on a floured surface to about 1/4 of an inch thick, and smear with filling. Use up all the filling amongst the cakes.

Roll each piece of dough up in Jelly-roll fashion, rolling gently so as not to squeeze out all the filling. Bend it to fit into a well greased, round pan, shaping it like a spiral or knotting it.

Brush the top of each babka with beaten egg and sprinkle generously with crumb topping. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool a few minutes in the pan and remove to wire rack to cool completely.




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