President bakes for Easter, calls for supporting people in need

In a video published on social media, the Polish President Andrzej Duda baked a traditional babka cake for Easter.

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The President stressed that he and his wife, the First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, would “bake something for Easter” and want to donate some gifts to Polish Food Banks. Presidential chef Marcin Jabłoński suggested that they should bake an Easter babka, a yeast cake popular in central Europe.

President Duda and Mr Jabłoński are filmed in the kitchen while preparing the cake. They start from scratch, by preparing the dough, melting the butter and then adding raisins and orange zest.

In the end, both gentlemen baked five babkas. “These cakes will be taken by my wife and given to a facility supported by Polish Food Banks and shared with those in need,” the President said.

He also encouraged Poles to remember about people in need during Easter.

Easter babka (or baba) is a sweet yeast cake popular in central Europe, especially Poland and Belarus. The first reports about baking such cakes come from the 17th century. During the reign of Poland’s King Stanisław August Poniatowski in the second half of the 18th century, preparing babkas became more popular in western Europe, for instance in France.

In some regions, there is also a savoury version of this dish, a potato babka, made of grated potatoes, eggs, onions, and pieces of smoked, boiled or fried bacon and sausage.