The Vánočka (a special bread made for Christmas) has a long history and is still popular today. The first reference to a Vánočka was in the 16th century, and over the years it has gone through many small transformations.
Today in some places in the Czech Republic today it can be found under a wide variety of names: pletenice, pletanka, stědrovice, stricka, strucla, zemle, and ceplik. At one time, a Vánočka could only be made by a baker who was a guild craftsman.
Vánočka includes raisons, almonds and lemon zest and in some recipes includes anise or nutmeg and is topped with powdered sugar. Slice and top with butter or honey, or just enjoy this tasty Czech Christmas loaf plain.