Recipe #564  

Czechoslovakian Hoska

Czechoslovakian Hoska Recipe | Holiday and Specialty Breads | Makes 2 loaves

Makes 2 loaves
6 to 6-1 / 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 / 2 cup sugar
2 envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
1-1 / 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 / 2 teaspoon ground mace or nutmeg
1 cup milk
1 / 2 cup water
1 / 4 cup butter or margarine
2 large eggs
1 cup raisins
1 / 2 cup chopped almonds
1 egg white, lightly beaten

Powdered Sugar Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 to 2 tablespoons milk

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast, salt, lemon peel, and mace. Heat milk, water, and butter until very warm (120o to 130oF). Gradually add to flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed. Stir in raisins, almonds, and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half; set one half aside. Divide remaining half into 4 equal pieces. Roll 3 pieces to 14-inch ropes. Braid together on greased baking sheet. Tuck ends under to seal. Divide remaining piece to 3 equal pieces. Roll to 9-inch ropes; braid together. Pinch ends to seal. Brush surface of large braid with water; place small braid on top of large braid. Repeat with remaining dough to form second braided loaf. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Brush loaves with beaten egg white. Bake at 350oF for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; cool on wire racks. Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Glaze.

Powdered Sugar Glaze
In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and milk. Stir until smooth.

Nutritional Information:
Per Serving:
Serving size: 1 slice; 1 / 24 of recipe
Serving weight: 2.6 ounces (74 grams)
Calories 220; Total fat 4.5 g; Saturated fat 1.5 g; Cholesterol 25 mg; Sodium 160 mg; Carbohydrates 40 g; Dietary fiber 2 g; Sugars 14 g; Protein 5 g