Last weekend was busy with Christmas baking for lots of us! Here is my Vanocka. I used the recipe and method from http://leake-family.com/2008/12/vanocka but added the traditional 1teaspoon nutmeg, finely grated rind of 1 lemon, 1 cup raisins and a scattering of flaked almonds on top. It's not a sourdough recipe, so I had to bake a couronne and a couple of batards to get my sourdough fix for the weekend. The plaiting is lots of fun and the website has a great youtube video embedded in it so you can practice before having to plait with 4 strands (bottom layer)! The skewers in the final construction hold the layers steady as the dough completes its final rise and then bakes.