Zopf - Great Tasting Swiss Bread!

Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins

This is a great bread recipe that was shown to me by a friend whose family is Swiss. This bread is great with butter or jam and tastes amazing. Every time I make it my family eats two loaves within about an hour. Enjoy! Note: This is not a bread machine recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 kg flour (35 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 cup milk (1 dl, Slightly less than a 1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 21 g yeast (3 individual packets)
  • 12 cup butter
  • 2 12 cups milk (separate from the 1 dl milk)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 drop half-and-half or 1 drop heavy cream

Directions

  1. Put the flour into a bowl. If you are using a Kitchen Aid you can put it into that mixing bowl.
  2. Mix 2 teaspoons of salt with flour.
  3. Make an indentation into the middle of flour.
  4. Pour 1 dl milk into a cup (microwavable)
  5. Add 2 tsp sugar into the milk, stir well.
  6. Heat milk for 30 seconds in the microwave.
  7. Add 21 grams yeast into the milk and stir well.
  8. Pour yeast into the indentation in the flour.
  9. Let the yeast sit for 10 minutes.
  10. Cut butter into small pieces.
  11. Put pieces into a pan and melt on medium heat.
  12. Add 6 dl milk to the melted butter; make sure butter is lukewarm.
  13. Go back to your flour and yeast and now put the bowl into the mixer and mix on the lowest setting.
  14. Add the melted butter to the dough while mixing.
  15. Let mix for 10 minutes.
  16. Loosen the dough from the bowl and put a wet cloth over the dough. Make sure it is loose to allow room for rising.
  17. Let sit for one hour.
  18. Pre heat oven to 425(f).
  19. Separate dough into two pieces. Each piece will make a single loaf of bread.
  20. With one of the pieces, separate it into two sections and roll them out and a floured surface. You want to roll them so the middle is the thickest and the ends are slightly narrower.
  21. Fold dough --
  22. *start by putting one roll vertically and one on top of it horizontally.
  23. *fold top part down to bottom (left).
  24. *fold bottom part to top (right).
  25. *fold left part to right (top).
  26. *fold right part to left (bottom).
  27. *repeat- at end, join parts together.
  28. Separate an egg yolk from the egg white.
  29. Break the yolk and add a drop of half and half or heavy cream (optional).
  30. Use food brush to spread yolk on dough- avoid crevices.
  31. Put dough into oven with small bowl of water. Put dough on wax paper to prevent the bread from sticking.
  32. After 10 min., set temperature of oven down to 395(F) for 20 minute.
  33. Take out of oven. The bread is done.
  34. Let cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!
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Wonderful bread! I usually use an Amish white bread recipe that is wonderful but takes about 7 hours and makes 6 loaves, so today I decided to try yours and I'm so glad I did. It was a very easy recipe to follow and turned out great! I couldn't get the folding thing figured out, so I braided one loaf and twisted and wrapped the other into a circle. The egg yolk/cream brushed over the top gave it a lovely golden color. I just tasted a piece and it has a good basic flavor... I like to add spices, herbs, and other things to my breads, and this is a great recipe to do that with, but it was also good plain, especially warm with some jam spread over it. Next time I will probably add just a bit more sugar, as my family prefers a sweeter white bread, but otherwise this is a fantastic recipe!!