Hi all. I grew up on Rum Baba. My grandfather would often have a big jar of these sickeningly sweet balls submerged in that syrupy goodness. He was a food importer and had access to all sorts of quality stuff. I've tried a few, some in Carroll Gardens at italian bakeries, and the same in the city, but so far have had no luck finding one that has a taste I remember from my youth.
Anyone know where I can find a really great Rum Baba in the city? My grandfather was Austrian, but I think it might be a french/italian dessert. I have great memories of getting loaded off those suckers. These were the real deal, doused in rum, not some rum "essence" sugar syrup. And they were simply a cakey pastry ball, not filled with cream or anything.