Grandma’s Bohemian-Czech Hoska Bread

by Laura on March 24, 2016

in Bread, Featured Recipe, Holidays/Christmas, Seasonal

Every Easter and Christmas, Grandma Marie would spend the day baking this bread for the family. The day before the Holiday, Pa would deliver a collection of Hoska loaves to the families of their three girls. There would be one large loaf for the family, and smaller loaves for each member of the family. The three sisters – Jackie, Joyce, and Janice – continued the tradition, and have passed on the recipe to their children. Every time I make this recipe, it reminds me of Grandma and how happy she was to spend the day baking nearly 20 loaves of bread!
  • 2 pkg. yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup evaporated milk (room temperature)
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ½ tsp mace
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • rind of 1 lemon (grated)
  • 1 ¼ cup butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups milk (remainder of canned milk, plus other)

Dissolve yeast and 1 tbsp sugar in canned milk (1/2 cup).

Scald milk (the 2 cups which includes the remained of the canned milk) melt shortening and sugar in it. Cool to lukewarm.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, mace, nutmeg and lemon rind. When milk mixture is cool enough (note: the scalded milk mixture), add it to the flour mixture.

Add eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly.

Then add yeast, which has risen, and beat with wooden spoon until bubbly and elastic. When dough is smooth, cover and let rise for about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Punch down if it rises too quickly.

When ready, flour table and divide in three or four parts. Knead well and form into a ball. Place on greased cake pans. With clean scissors, cut a cross on top. Then beat two eggs with a fork and brush all over the top of bread.

Let rise in a warm place, about one hour.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 35-45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from pan onto rack to cool.


Good luck and good eating!

Marie Rais

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