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Houska (Bohemian Easter and Christmas Cake)



  1. Using a little more liquid plus 8 cups flour, you can make 2 loaves.
  2. An egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon milk and brushed on loaves makes a shiny loaf (before baking).
  3. Mix all the ingredients. Knead until well mixed. Let rise in warm protected area until double in size.
  4. Knead down flat about 1-inch thick. (Use rolling pin or pat down.) Make long strips about 1-inch wide, intertwine 4 strips to make bottom. Then braid 3 strips for top. Place on top of 4 strips, secure with toothpicks. Let rise 1/2 hour or so.
  5. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes at 325 degrees F.
  6. While still warm mix confectioners' sugar and water; drizzle over top of cake.


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