Hoska

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Amy Cook Provstgaard

By
@amypro83

I got this recipe from my mother in law. Her family has been making it for several years, and its a tradition at Christmas for us. It's a Czechoslovakian recipe.
You can do variations from the citron and raisins if you wish. My mother in law uses different fruits that are used in fruitcake.

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Prep:
2 Hr 30 Min
Cook:
40 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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3/4 c
milk
3/4 c
sugar
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 c
margarine
1/2 c
warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 pkg
active dry yeast
2
eggs
5 1/2 c
unsifted flour
1/4 c
chopped citron
1/4 c
raisins
1/4 c
chopped almonds
melted butter or margarine
1
egg
1/4 c
whole blanched almonds

How to Make Hoska

Step-by-Step

  • 1Scald milk; stir in sugar, salt and margarine. cool to lukewarm.
  • 2Measure warm water into large warm bowl. Sprinkle in the yeast; stir until dissolved. Stir in lukewarm milk mixture, 2 eggs, and 3 cups flour.
  • 3Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. Turn out onto lightly floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in size.
  • 4Punch down. Turn out onto lightly floured board. Knead in citron, raisins, and chopped almonds until well distributed. Divide into four equal pieces. Set 2 pieces aside.
  • 5Divide one piece into 3 equal strips about 14 inches long. Place the 3 strips on a large greased baking sheet; form into braid. Brush top of braid with melted margarine.
  • 6Divide 2/3 of the second piece into 3 equal strips about 12 inches long. Form into a second braid and place on top of the first braid. Brush top with melted margarine.
  • 7With remaining dough from second piece, make a third braid about 10 inches long and place on top of second braid.
  • 8Form second bread with reserved dough. Cover; let rise in warm place free from draft until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  • 9Beat 1 egg and 1 tablespoon water together until well blended. Brush braided loaves with egg mixture. Decorate with whole blanched almonds.
  • 10Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. Loaves will be well browned.

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About Hoska

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Scandinavian
Hashtags: #sweet, #almonds




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