Uli's Hefezopf (Yeast Braid)

"I received this recipe from a German baker who owns his own bakery and cafe. This is a delicious recipe, although according to my German husband, it doesn't even touch the Hefezopf that his 90 year-old Oma (grandmother) doled out when he was a child! Oh well, it only encourages me to keep on trying! Oh, and please excuse the Metric measurements- although I'm sure it's also possible in the US to use them!"
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1 Hefezopf




  • Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center. In the well, place yeast and 1 teaspoons sugar. Pour in a little lukewarm milk and stir until a liquid yeast batter forms. Cover and let rest 20-30 minutes.
  • Slowly add the rest of the lukewarm milk, softened butter, sugar, eggs, salt, and cranberries. Beat with electric mixer (kneading attachments) until bubbles form and the dough pulls away from the bowl. Or knead until dough is smooth. Cover and let rest until double in size (about an hour).
  • Punch down dough and on floured surface, separate dough into 3 balls and form 3 long ropes. Braid the 3 together into one long braid. Let rest about 15 minutes.
  • Brush with egg yolk. Sprinkle with slivered almonds. I don't know what it's called in America, but we have what's called Hagelzucker (hail sugar). It's like tiny rocks of sugar. I also sprinkle this on top.
  • Bake at 350°F for about an hour, or until browned and no longer 'doughy'. This produces a pretty large Hefezopf--so share with your friends!

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I was born and raised in Texas and lived there until 2000 when I married my German husband and moved to Germany. We have two young sons who are very happy to be my guinea pigs! I am a stay-at-home Mom and love it! My favorite cookbook is Better Homes and Gardens because it has taught me so much in the last 7 years. I knew absolutely nothing about cooking when I married and was convinced we would starve....considering I couldn't find anything I needed for my American recipes in the German stores! I love to bake, try out new recipes, paint, play the piano, and crochet. My one and only pet peeve is people who are arrogant and snobby without having a reason to be!
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