Greetings From Iowa | Episode
Dec 22, 2021 | 11 min

With host Charity Nebbe, Tom Slepicka of Cedar Rapids teaches us about Vánočka – a sweet braided bread served at Christmas in the Czech Republic. 

  • Vánočka is a sweet braided bread traditionally served on Christmas Eve in the Czech Republic.
  • Vanilla extract, lemon zest and raisins soaked in rum give Vánočka its distinctive flavor, and set it apart from other European sweet breads.
  • Vánočka has a rich history dating back to the 14th century.
  • Tom has wonderful memories of the smell of this bread baking in his grandmother's house. Now he enjoys making it with his children.