Christopher has an assignment for English class to look into his ancestry and their cultures. He decided to learn more about our Austrian heritage. He chose a food to represent the culture. If they choose a food for the project, they must bring it in. Now that is one smart English teacher!
Christopher chose Vánoèka . It's pronounced Va-nooch-ka. It is a classic Austrian/Czech. Christmas bread. Amazingly he was able to research the culture and ideas for the project without my help!
This turned into a homework project that I really enjoyed helping with. It takes about 6 hours to make this bread. I loved having that time with Chris to chit-chat and work together. He seemed to really enjoy it too!
There is orange rind, almonds, dark and golden raisins in this bread along with some seasonings. The bread smelled wonderful throughout the process. After it baked, we could hardly wait to try it.
Christopher has asked if we could set aside time each Christmas to bring this tradition back to our family. Now those are the moments that we live for!