Houska Czech Christmas Braided Bread

12
Servings
4h
Prep Time
35m
Cook Time
4h 35m
Ready In

Recipe: #39774

November 05, 2022



"This has raisins and almonds in it this is recipe from Lawrence Nebraska we have a large population of Czech here. Makes 2 loaves Can put some almonds on top some do an egg wash of egg and tablespoon of water before baking this recipe didn't ,I wouldn't use as much nuts myself,and some folks soak and drain raisins before adding . watch video of bread braiding 1st"

Original recipe yields 12 servings
OK

Nutritional

  • Serving Size: 1 (232.5 g)
  • Calories 587.2
  • Total Fat - 22.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 261 mg
  • Sodium - 448.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 82.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 8.9 g
  • Sugars - 28.6 g
  • Protein - 19.3 g
  • Calcium - 115.1 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step 1

Make sponge and let proof

Step 2

Add butter to scalded hot milk

Step 3

Let cool

Step 4

Add sugar eggs salt and vanilla

Step 5

Add raisins and nuts

Step 6

Add flour 2 cups at a time mixing well after each addition until forming a soft dough

Step 7

On floured board knead dough 10 minutes(may need more flour it had up to 8 cups)

Step 8

Put in greased bowl and cover with damp cloth

Step 9

Let rise until double in size

Step 10

Punch down

Step 11

Divide dough into six equal balls

Step 12

Braid 3 of the rolls each (watch video on how to do this ,it's tricky)

Step 13

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Step 14

Place in greased Pam sprayed bread pans

Step 15

Let rise until doubled

Step 16

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 35 minutes until done

Tips & Variations


No special items needed.