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Houska (Czech Easter Bread)

kept bytihleigh
recipe byThe Kitchn

makes one very large loaf


8 cups flour
1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
2 packages (0.25 oz. each) yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup cream
2 cups milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
1 cup sugar (less 1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon salt
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 cup chopped blanched almonds
1 cup golden raisins, plumped in warm water and drained well
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Extra beaten egg yolk
Slivered almonds, for garnish



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