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Bohemian Braid

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This simple, but scrumptious bread is made with almonds, pecans and maraschino cherries.

. Prep
50 min.
40 min.
Ready In
90 min.
2 servings
Trans-fat Free, High Fiber
Metric measurements


1/2cup water
2each yeast, active dry packages*
1 1/2cup milkVideo lukewarm
1/2cup sugarVideo
2teaspoons salt
2large eggsVideo
1/2cup vegetable shorteningVideo *
7 1/2cups flour, all-purpose
2teaspoons lemon rind, grated
1/4teaspoon mace *
1cup raisins, seedless
1cup almonds blanched*
1x maraschino cherries halved*
1x pecan halves chopped*
1each egg yolk *
1tablespoon water
* not incl. in nutrient facts


Mix together the water, yeast, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, half the flour, the lemon rind, mace, raisins, and almonds. Add flour until dough is smooth and workable. Knead on a floured board until smooth and elastic. Put in a greased bowl, turn to coat, cover with a damp tea towel and place in a warm spot to rise until double, about 1 1/2 hours.

Punch dough down. Divide in half. Set one half aside and divide the other into 4 equal parts. Shape three of the pieces into 14 inch long strands and braid on a lightly greased cookie sheet (you may want to arrange this diagonally. These get big!). Fasten ends together and tuck under. Take fourth piece and divide in thirds and make a second smaller braid to go on top of the first. Repeat with other half of dough on a second greased cookie sheet. Cover each braid loosely with damp tea towels and let rise for 45 minutes to an hour.

For decoration, gently press halved maraschino cherries (well rinsed) and/or pecan halves into joints of braids. Brush loaves with a glaze made from egg yolk and 1 tb water, and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown, but not dark.

When loaves have cooled completely, mix a confectioner's sugar glaze of four tb butter, about 1/3-1/2 c milk, and confectioner's sugar until the consistency is thick but will still run down the sides, and drizzle glaze over the tops of the loaves.

First published: last updated: 2014-12-16

4 stars - based on 2 ratings, best: 5, worst: 0, reviews: 2

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almost 13 years

I spotted this recipe in my mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook when I was about 15 years old. I was in Home Ec at the time and this looked spectacular so I made it that Christmas to "show off." It became an instant family Christmas tradition. This beautiful bread looks like it came right out of a picture in a cookbook, even when made by a novice. You'll always get ohhs and ahhs when unveiling it. Perfect as a home-baked gift too.

about 13 years

Iam half Bohemian and raised on Bohemian Foods. I think that this bread is delicous!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 902g (31.8 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 22845% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 226mg 75%
Sodium 2523mg 105%
Total Carbohydrate 159g 159%
Dietary Fiber 15g 62%
Sugars g
Protein 126g
Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 35% Iron 134%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

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