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Sweet Braided Czech Houska Bread Recipe
This rich, eggy, slightly sweet yeast bread exists in almost every Eastern European culture. Typically, it’s braided and can be made with or without raisins. Bohemians and Czechs call it houska. Poles call it chalka, Ashkenazi Jews refer to it as challah. The bread is reminiscent of French brioche and is terrific plain, with butter or toasted. Leftovers are great in bread pudding and makowki.
My mother-in-law has been staying with us and made this yesterday. My house still smells like Christmas. She added craisins and almonds into the dough and added a sweet sugar topping to the loaf before she baked it! All I can say is “wow” I love this bread. It’s great toasted with real butter.