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December 17, 2014

Holiday Hoska (Eggless, Vegan recipe)

Bake-a-thon 2014: Day 8
Bake of the Day: Holiday Hoska
Hope all of you are done with your holiday shopping and started preparing for the big day, which is only 1 week away now. I finally ordered almost all of the kids gifts yesterday -- it is fun to shop online. I don't think I fair well at going shopping especially at this time of the year when the malls and roads are crowded. I prefer the peace of home :-) Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the gifts are shipped out on time and the mailman does not leave the package in the neighbor's house (has happened way too many times that I keep looking at the neighbors door every time I go out to check the mail). It is definitely the most stressful time of the year :-)
Holiday Hoska (Eggless, Vegan recipe)
What's not stressful is this beautiful holiday bread that is easy to make and sure to impress. The dough is very easy to work with and once you get a grip on making a dough braid, you are on your way to making this show stopper bread.
Recipe is from Vegetarian Times magazine from few years back. This was one of the winners in the Holiday cooking contest. The winner adapted her Czech grandmother's recipe. The addition of raisins, almonds and lemon zest give the bread holiday flavor. The texture is almost like challah bread and I think this would be a great one to make fresh toast or bread pudding. I used egg replacer powder instead of eggs but that didn't effect the texture or the taste.
Holiday Hoska (Eggless, Vegan recipe)
Ingredients: Makes 2 loaves
All purpose flour - 3½cups
Whole wheat flour - ½cup (or use 4cups of all purpose flour)
Salt - 1tsp
Instant Yeast - 5tsp
Unsalted Butter - ½cup (i stick), softened (use vegan butter for vegan version)
Sugar - ½cup
Egg replacer - 2tbsp whisked in 6tbsp water (or use 2 large eggs)
Ground Nutmeg - ¼tsp
Lemon zest - 1tsp
Golden Raisins - ½cup
Chopped or Slivered Almonds - ½cup
Vegan egg wash substitute - 1tbsp soy milk mixed with 1tsp agave syrup (or use 1 egg yolk whisked with 1tbsp water)

  • Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water and set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Blend in the egg replacer mixture (or eggs), salt, nutmeg and lemon zest.
  • Add the flour(s) and yeast mixture to the butter mixture and mix until a smooth and elastic dough forms. Add more flour to make sure that the dough is not sticky.
  • Shape the dough into a ball, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  • Knead raisins and almonds into the dough. Divide into 2 equal halves. Cover one half and work on the other half.
  • Divide the half into 6 equal pieces. Roll 3 dough pieces into ½" thick ropes. Braid together on floured work surface, pinching together braid at both ends. Repeat with the same with the 3 remaining pieces. At this point -- you will have 2 braids. Place one braid on top of the other -- to make a double stacked loaf. Cover with towel and let rise for 1 hour. 
  • Repeat the same process with the other half that is kept on the side.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush the loaves with the egg (replacer) wash.
  • Bake for 40~50 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm, dusted with powdered sugar.
Holiday Hoska (Eggless, Vegan recipe)
Linking this to this year's Bake-a-thon event.
Bake-a-thon 2014


  1. Such a beautiful bread pavani! Bookmarked!! Those peeping raisins look very cute.

  2. Wow, such a beautiful bread, brings holiday mood already.. Love that this bread is vegan..Lovely shape Pavani.

  3. Beautiful braids and beautifully baked bread.

  4. The bread looks superb are dishing out so many dishes, more than what I can bookmark!..Guess that's what most of my colleagues have decided too, they shop online..on my part, I do neither!

  5. Indeed a beautiful bread and love how those raisins are peeping out of the bread.

  6. that Veg times really has some great recipes


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