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Houska

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Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon (1 Package)
  Warm water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (About 110Â)
  Warm milk 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (About 110Â)
  Butter/Margarine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), melted and cooled
  Butter 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs) (Melted And Cooled)
  Eggs 2
  Sugar 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Grated lemon peel 1 Teaspoon
  Lemon peel 1 Teaspoon, grated
  Ground nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  All-purpose flour 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs), unsifted
  All purpose flour 3 1⁄2 Cup (56 tbs) (Unsifted)
  Raisins 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Egg white 1 , beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  Poppy seeds/Sesame/ caraway seeds 1 Teaspoon
Directions

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
Blend in milk, butter, eggs, sugar, salt, lemon peel, nutmeg, and 1 1/2 cups of the flour.
Beat very well for about 5 minutes, then stir in about 1 1/4 cups of the remaining flour and the raisins to form a stiff dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured board; knead until smooth (about 5 minutes).
Turn dough over in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 1/2 hours).
Punch dough down and divide into 4 equal portions.
Roll each to form a rope about 21 inches long.
Place ropes side by side diagonally across a greased baking sheet; pinch tops together and braid loosely as follows: pick up rope on right, bring it over next one, under the third, and over the fourth.
Repeat, always starting with rope on right, until braid is complete.
Tuck ends under and pinch to seal.
Cover lightly and let rise until almost doubled (about 1 hour).
Brush loaf with egg white mixture; sprinkle with seeds.
Bake in a 350° oven for about 30 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool on rack.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread

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