This is a sweet bread that is usually topped with sugar and almonds and sprinkled with raisins or other fruits. The recipe for the bread is rather complex, but fortunately, there are different ways to prepare it. It is a festive European bread that is so rich and sweet that it is best to save it just for special occasions.
Vánočka is a plaited bread, baked in Czech Republic and Slovakia (in Slovak called vianočka) traditionally at Christmas time. Such special festive Christmas bread made from white flour, either in the form of a wedge or of plaited shape was first mentioned around 1400 by Benedictine monk Jan of Holešov in his work Treatise on Christmas Eve. According to his interpretation, this pastry symbolized Christ Child wrapped in cloth.