Mix the honey and warm water to dissolve, add yeast.
In a small saucepan, heat the milk almost to boiling point, then remove from
heat. Combine the scalded milk, sugar, margarine, and salt; cool to lukewarm.
Stir 1 cup of flour into milk mixture, beat well. Stir in the yeast mixture.
Add eggs and beat well. Add mace, raisins, and almonds. Add 3 more cups of flour,
stirring to make a soft dough. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead
until smooth and elastic, adding flour a little at a time to keep dough from sticking.
Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning the dough once to grease all
sides. Cover and let rise in a warm place until dough is double in size (about 1
Punch down dough and divide into 5 pieces, 3 the same size, 2 slightly smaller.
The 3 larger pieces are rolled out to form a 17-inch roll and then braided together.
This is the bottom row. The 2 smaller pieces are rolled out and twisted together
and placed on top of the 3-braid piece, tucking the ends under. Assemble on a cookie
sheet with parchment paper on the diagonal. Let the Houska rise in a warm place
until about double in size.
Brush the tops with milk.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush the tops lightly with butter when the loaves are still warm for a softer