Zopf or Braided Bread
This is a delicious traditional Swiss homemade Sunday bread
- Ready In:
- 250 ml lukewarm milk
- 75 g butter or 75 g margarine
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 500 g bread or 500 g baking flour
- 15 g fresh yeast
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- In a large bowl mix the warm milk, sugar, salt, butter, egg yolk and 200 g flour.
- Mix with the hook for 1 minute.
- Add the yeast and mix for 2 minutes again.
- Add the remaining 300 g flour and work with the hook.
- When the dough has pulled together and becomes smooth and elastic (after about 5 minutes) you can form the braid.
- Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and roll each piece into a 60 cm long cylinder (or 3 pieces of 30 cm). Braid the pieces together and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. This is the method that I use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcPnB0Sgc-Q.
- In a small bowl, mix egg white and water and brush the bread with this mixture.
- Let the dough rest after forming for 90 minutes until it doubles in size.
- Bake in the preheated oven at 180°C for 20 to 25 minutes (heat and timing are basing it on convection oven), until golden.
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We were ver lucky to have awalde and daughter M stay with us recently. awalde made the dough, we rested it overnight in the fridge, then baked it the following morning to take on a lunch time picnic . Russ was convinced one loaf (we made 4) wouldn't be enough for the 4 of us, but it was-it's a dense and delicious bread and I can't wait to use the two remaining in my freezer.
Lovely bread, soft, moist, yummy! I used food.com Measurement Converter towards bottom of page to help me. My liquid measuring cup has the ml on it, but the butter is 1/3 cup, flour 3 2/3 cups, and yeast 2 1/4 t. I had my oven set at 350 F but wonder if that should have been a tad higher-think so. I used my bread machine to make the dough. And smiling at Dienna's review because I am not as neat as awalde is-obviously-and my finished braided bread looked more like a chicken when I looked at the pics hence the sliced approach. LOL! Thank you awalde for posting.
ok great bread .that said , on braiding ....one side of my bread perfect , the other side not so much .luckily we are eating the evidence lol. also , this didnt bother me but be aware that the bread stuck to baking sheet because i really slathered the egg white , operators problem not recipe . make this bread and read reviews to get conversions it was very helpful lol