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Czech Easter Buns Recipe - Velikonoční Bochánek

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Czech Easter Bread or Velikonocni Bochanek

Czech Easter Bread or Velikonocni Bochanek

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This recipe for Czech Easter Buns or velikonoční bochánek (veh-lih-kaw-nawtch-nee baw-khah-nek) is made with the same dough used in mazanec (a large round Easter bread) and Czech Christmas bread or vanocka except for the shaping. It is similar to other Eastern European Easter Bread recipes, which are made with slightly sweet, yeast-raised doughs sometimes studded with raisins and / or nuts, similar to Italian panettone.

Makes 12 Czech Easter Buns or Velikonoční Bochánek

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Rise time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 12 buns

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 large room-temperature eggs, beaten
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup golden or dark raisins
  • 1/4 cup blanched sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons chopped citron
  • Topping:
  • 1 large room-temperature egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons blanched sliced almonds (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Add butter, sugar and salt to scalded milk. Stir to combine and let cool to lukewarm.
     
  2. Place yeast and warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer and, with the paddle attachment, stir until dissolved. Add lukewarm milk mixture and 1 egg and combine.
     
  3. Add flour and beat with the paddle until smooth. Add the raisins, almonds and citron, and mix, 3 to 5 minutes until smooth. Dough will be sticky.
     
  4. Place dough in greased bowl. Turn over and cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double, about 1 hour. See this Quick Tip for faster rising.
     
  5. Punch down dough and turn out onto lightly floured board. Knead a few minutes and shape into 12 balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled.
     
  6. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Brush buns with 1 beaten egg. With scissors, cut a cross in the top of each bun, if desired, and sprinkle surface with almonds, if desired. Bake 5 minutes, reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until instant-read thermometer registers 190 degrees. Let cool completely.
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