Recipe by Carol Ponec-Nemec
"Traditional Czechoslovakian Christmas Bread, serve with butter. Some people toast it, use jelly, or even butter and powdered sugar...depending upon local customs and family preference. It is a daylong project, but well worth the effort."
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1 (0.6 ounce) cake
compressed fresh yeast
warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
dried orange zest
candied mixed fruit peel
blanched slivered almonds
I haven't made this version yet because I use my own family's recipe, but this is truly a great bread. The braided shape is quite pretty and I've always gotten compliments when I've shared loaves with others. I wouldn't reduce the size of the recipe either. It takes a good amount of time, you'll be happy to have made two loaves.
it took a long time to make this bread. No joke when they say an all day affair, but it was worth EVERY minute. Not only was it amazingly delicious, it was beautiful! Of course I adjusted the spices to suit my family's tastes, but other than that...PERFECT!!!
This is delicious! My husband, who does not care for cakes without cream at all, annihilated half of it. This cake would be one of my regular festive (and non-festive as well) cakes.
Hi, I am Czech and we caled it "VÁNOCKA" (Christmas houska). I really like it.
I wish I could give it 10 stars. Too good.....I used half whole wheat flour.
Very nice and moist - as good as the one Mom used to make.
This makes two large delicious Christmas bread loaves. Great recipe and authentic! Thank you for sharing.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Czech Christmas Hoska
Serving Size: 1/30 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 30
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 177
** Calories from Fat: 44
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