Hi all :) With The Pink Table handy, it took an long gap to get back to blogging. Baking has become an real stress-buster and I have been enjoying doing both, for orders and for blog as well. Getting back to our post, Vanocka is an sweetened braided bread, with full of flavours from Czech Republic and Slovakia. Apart from sugar, this bread also has loads of almonds and raisin to give an strong sweet hint and also flavor hint, derived from nutmeg and lemon zest.
This bread involves braiding in three batches, and stacking them all up. They have to be pinned through toothpicks or grill sticks so that the layer don't collapse. The real trick is to equally divide the dough into nine counterparts for braiding, which can be efficiently done through weighing machine.
After baking this yeast-raised bread, there was an strong hint of aroma around my home, this aroma had resemblance to the plum cake. Each slice was an bit dense yet sweetened with lot of lemony flavor. We ended up devouring this beautiful braided bread. Merry Christmas to all, and thanks to Swathi Iyer for suggesting such an exotic bake.