Cream butter, sugar, add eggs one at a time, salt and lemon rind. Add yeast to water and dissolve. Then add milk to yeast, but be sure milk is cooled to 110 degrees. Add milk and yeast mixture alternatively to the butter mixture 3 times, adding in the flour mixture. Then place on a floured board, if sticky, add more flour. Kneed until elastic, and until it no longer sticks to fingers.
Method of Rising
Place one large bowl with boiling water inside on table. Place cooling cake rack on top of bowl. Then place the dough, covered with a kitchen towel on top of the cooling rack. Let the dough rise for approximately for 1 hour. When doubled in bulk, cut dough in half. Lay aside and cover ½ of the dough, keep the other half for use.
Roll out a rectangular shape, and brush with melted butter. Spread out thin 1 can of the Poppy Seed mix. Roll into a log shape, and place on greased cookie sheet. Spread in the shape of a “U.” Slice and cute the “U” with kitchen scissors, and then turn the cuts to alternative sides to make a ring.
Let the dough rise again until doubled in size. Make the second ring while the first one is rising. It rises in approximately 30 minutes.
Bake at 350 - 375 F. Preheat oven due to the yeast mixture. Bake about 25-30 minutes.
Top with confectioner sugar, milk and vanilla mixture.
[Machnovich is a Czech recipe that has been passed down in Justin’s family for many generations on his mom’s side. It’s a wonderful recipe that’s made on special occasions and is very delicious! Enjoy once it’s made because it’s usually eaten pretty fast and by everyone!]