Regardless of culture or religion, spring is about the rebirth. The plants are blossoming, weather is warming and the earth is thawing. Sometimes faster that we like, but that is a topic for another discussion.
With the spring holidays, family gatherings are sure to ensue. What better way to celebrate family than with fresh bread! In my family, Houska has been the bread of the holidays. Both those on the calendar and those created for the sole purpose of eating more fresh bread! When asked to describe Houska to someone unfamiliar with it, I usually start saying it is similarity to Challah. It is a sweet, yeast, braided bread encased in a thick dark crust. Traditionally, it can be found to contain a variety of nuts and or dried fruits.
Growing up, we ate this bread with butter and fresh jam or honey primarily. Every so often using it for french toast. I still do today, but as my husband can attest, it makes a crave worthy PB&J! If you find that there is still too much left and it is starting to go stale after a while, I hear it also makes a mean bread pudding.