Weekend Adventures In The Kitchen

I spent Saturday making my very first loaf of (yeast) bread - houska, which is a Czech/Bohemian bread with raisins and almonds.  


My mom's side of the family is Czech/Bohemian, and we have always eaten certain Czech/Bohemian foods, houska being one of them.  It's always a treat, because it's something my grandma gets from a local bakery, then shares with my mom.  I either eat it when I am back home, or if my mom shares with me - it never lasts long!


I asked my grandma for a recipe awhile back, and she sent me 3 different ones.  Both of my great-grandmas made it, so my grandma never did herself (she always had a regular supply!), and unfortunately didn't have either of their recipes.  I got it in my head that I would eventually try making it myself, but was pretty intimidated.  While I consider myself competent in the kitchen, something about baking with yeast and allowing time for things to rise seemed way above my level of comfort.  Plus one of the first steps in the recipe was scalding milk, which I had no idea what that was.  Thank goodness for google!


Anyways, I told myself this was the year I would make it, so a few weeks ago I found the recipes my grandma sent, got the ingredients, and spent time reading and rereading them.  And then this past Saturday, I made my first loaf!




I was a little weary at the start, but it turned out pretty darn good for my first time.  The top of the loaf got a bit brown and the braiding wasn't the best, but the taste was there and that is what is important!


The best part, though, was calling my grandma to tell her I finally gave it a go - she was tickled!  I can't wait until I can share a loaf with her...after a little more practice, of course.

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  1. Can you believe, in all my years of baking, I’ve never made homemade bread? I’ve made rolls but never bread, I’ll bet it was delicious!

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    1. I can't believe that! I would have thought for sure with all you do in the kitchen!

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  2. Is this a sweet bread? Have you have had/made kolaches?

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    1. I believe so! And yes, I have had them, and I think growing up made them once for like a school heritage day...long, long time ago. Once I get this bread down, I plan on tackling them, too!

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  3. That looks amazing!!! Congrats girl! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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    1. Thank you - it felt like a huge accomplishment, haha!

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  4. I just love that you tried your hand at real bread! I've never attempted it... it is so intimidating! Yours turned out really good and your braiding job was great, though. Not bad at all for the first time! And don't feel bad... I've never even heard of scalding milk. Lol.

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    1. Thank you! It really was intimidating to start with, but with one under my belt it seems a lot more feasible. I am just glad it wasn't a total flop, because I think that would have been a bit discouraging and hard to try again. At least the issues I had now, I kind of know how to fix them!

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