Zopf - Great Tasting Swiss Bread!

"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."
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Ready In:
2hrs 5mins
2 Large Loaves


  • 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


  • Put the flour into a bowl. If you are using a Kitchen Aid you can put it into that mixing bowl.
  • Mix 2 teaspoons of salt with flour.
  • Make an indentation into the middle of flour.
  • Pour 1 dl milk into a cup (microwavable)
  • Add 2 tsp sugar into the milk, stir well.
  • Heat milk for 30 seconds in the microwave.
  • Add 21 grams yeast into the milk and stir well.
  • Pour yeast into the indentation in the flour.
  • Let the yeast sit for 10 minutes.
  • Cut butter into small pieces.
  • Put pieces into a pan and melt on medium heat.
  • Add 6 dl milk to the melted butter; make sure butter is lukewarm.
  • Go back to your flour and yeast and now put the bowl into the mixer and mix on the lowest setting.
  • Add the melted butter to the dough while mixing.
  • Let mix for 10 minutes.
  • Loosen the dough from the bowl and put a wet cloth over the dough. Make sure it is loose to allow room for rising.
  • Let sit for one hour.
  • Pre heat oven to 425(f).
  • Separate dough into two pieces. Each piece will make a single loaf of bread.
  • 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.
  • Fold dough --
  • *start by putting one roll vertically and one on top of it horizontally.
  • *fold top part down to bottom (left).
  • *fold bottom part to top (right).
  • *fold left part to right (top).
  • *fold right part to left (bottom).
  • *repeat- at end, join parts together.
  • Separate an egg yolk from the egg white.
  • Break the yolk and add a drop of half and half or heavy cream (optional).
  • Use food brush to spread yolk on dough- avoid crevices.
  • Put dough into oven with small bowl of water. Put dough on wax paper to prevent the bread from sticking.
  • After 10 min., set temperature of oven down to 395(F) for 20 minute.
  • Take out of oven. The bread is done.
  • Let cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!

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  1. Aphrodite in the Ki
    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!!



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