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Czechoslovakian Braid (Vanochka) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Margaret Slechticky
Added: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
3/4 cup milk - scalded
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
5 cups flour
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/2 cup seedles raisins
1/2 cup toasted and chopped almonds
1 Tbsp. lemon peel (grated)

Directions:
Directions:
Pour scalded milk over the butter or margarine, sugar and salt in mixing bowl - set aside to cool to lukewarm. Sprinkle yeast over warm water and let stand 5-10 minutes. Add about 3/4 cup flour to milk mixture and beat vigorously until smooth. Stir the yeast and add to batter, mixing well. Add about 1/2 the flour and beat until smooth. Beat eggs with the vanilla and lemon peel and mix into batter. Blend in raisins and almonds. Beat enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and let stand 5-10 minutes. Knead until smooth. Form dough into a ball and put in a greased bowl. Turn dough to bring greased surface to the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled. Punch down dough, pull edges in to center and turn dough completely over in bowl. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled. Turn dough ono a floured surface and divide into 9 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 15" rope-shaped piece. Braid 4 pieces together - join ends and place on greased baking sheet. Braid 3 of the remaining pieces together - join ends and place on top of first braid. Twist the remaining 2 pieces together and lay on top of second braid. Brush with beaten egg and let rise until doubled or about 45 minutes. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool, and if desired, drizzle with thin confectioners sugar icing and sprinkle with chopped almonds over the top.

Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
Quite a while - allow plenty of time

 

 

 

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