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       Title: Bohemian Braid
  Categories: Polkadot, Faylen, Bread:yeast
       Yield: 12 Servings
  
     1/2 c  Water
       2 pk Yeast
   1 1/2 c  Lukewarm milk
     1/2 c  Sugar
       2 ts Salt
       2    Eggs
     1/2 c  Shortening
   7 1/2 c  Flour
       2 ts Lemon rind grated
     1/4 ts Mace
       1 c  Raisins
       1 c  Blanched almonds
            Maraschino cherries halved
            Pecan halves
       1    Egg yolk
       1 tb Water
            Chopped
  
   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 Tbsp
   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 Tbsp 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.
   
   Recipe By:     Betty Crocker, 1956
   Serving Size:     12
   Preparation Time:     0:00
   
   In my house we always had Bohemian Braid on Christmas morning.  Hubby
   doesn't like it because it has nuts and raisins, and prefers a
   particular type of kuchen his mom used to make.  (“It’s an old family
   recipe,” he told me, so I asked his mom for it, and she pulled out one
   of her Woman’s Day cookbooks. . .)  I'll have to track it down.  It’s
   in one pile of paper or another.  But here’s the Bohemian Braid (and
   someday soon I'll upgrade MasterCook and this may turn out better
   looking.)
   
   * From the Polka Dot Cottage, 1-201-822-3627, NJ’s BBS for Homemakers!
     Posted by FAYLEN on 12-11-95
  
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