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Elderflower vodka babas

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2
Dietary Vegetarian
From Country Show Cook Off
This is a British twist on a French classic: yeast cakes drenched in elderflower vodka rather than rum. A naughty picnic treat?


  1. Put the flour, sugar, salt into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Then stir in the yeast.

  2. Warm the orange juice slightly in a pan.

  3. Gently stir the eggs into the flour mixture a little at a time, alternating with the warm orange juice and the butter.

  4. Add the raisins and give it a good mix until it forms a smooth dough.

  5. Spoon the mixture into two greased bun tins, dariole moulds or 11cm/4½in baba tins (savarin moulds).

  6. Cover lightly with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for about an hour, or until doubled in size and lightly spongy.

  7. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  8. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until risen and golden-brown.

  9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

  10. To transport for a picnic, put into a preserve jar with some lemon zest and drizzle, to taste, with elderflower vodka.


  • 150g/5fl oz plain flour
  • 20g/¾oz caster sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 x 7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast
  • ½ orange, juice only
  • 3 large free-range eggs, lightly whisked
  • 75g/2½oz butter, softened and cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
  • 100g/3½z raisins

To serve

  • lemon zest, grated
  • elderflower vodka, to taste

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