What a perfect reason to go to the kitchen and bake a Vanocka, a czech christmas bread.
Whereas traditional recipes often call for 3 layers (a 4 strand, a 3-strand and a twisted one) the recipe of Nadine Nemechek only uses two layers.
The two layers are secured by skewers as the top braid sometimes likes to slide off to one side. (I could see this on one end of my bread although I had used skewers). I think it would even be better to make a deep depression along the middle of the finished braid for the top twist as I read in another recipe - unfortunately after I had baked my bread.
But perhaps it wasn't perfect because I didn't follow the rules:
Preparing a vanocka wasn't, and isn't, simple and therefore a variety of customs are followed in preparing the dough, braiding and baking it to ensure success. The woman of the house had to mix the dough while wearing a white apron and kerchief, she shouldn't talk, and she was supposed to jump up and down while the dough was rising. ;-)
The slices of the Vanocka - very rich, nutty and not too sweet. Delicious.
Das Rezept auf Deutsch gibt es in meinem Brotkasten.