Mazanec: A Czech Easter Tradition Fighting To Survive In The U.S.

In the Czech Republic, mazanec, a Czech Easter bread, is like the turkey to America's Thanksgiving. But in the U.S., those who make this bread are struggling to keep the raisin-filled tradition alive.
On the weekend of April 8, the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C., made mazanec as part of an Easter celebration. Source: Courtesy of the Czech Embassy

Stick the word "bread" behind my last name on a Google search. Go ahead. Do it.

What you'll find is a Czech food tradition rooted in Easter: a Czech Easter bread.

Mazanec is a sweet bread with rum-soaked raisins and dried fruit and topped with slivered almonds. It's round with a cross on top, to represent Christ. And it is eaten throughout the Holy Week.

My dad remembers making it in the small, hot kitchen of his childhood home in Miami. He and his five siblings would help their mother, and while the dough rose, they pocketed fistfuls of raisins and almonds from the counter. He says they ate mazanec as

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