Baba Au Rhum

In order to share the recipe for Baba au Rhum, I will have to share a bit of French and Polish history. When King Stanislas Leczinksi of Poland lost the throne when Poland was partitioned in 1766 he journeyd to Paris, where he was set up in style, by his friend King Louis XV of France, in a chateau in the suburbs. There he indulged in his favorite past time, cooking. One day as an experiment he made guglhupf batter but poured it in individual molds and, when the cakes were baked, soaked them while still warm with boiling-hot rum syrup. The result was sensational and Stanslas named them Ali Baba, after one of the heroes of his favorite book "Thousand and One Night."