A Butterzopf is probably the most famous Swiss bread, it is baked in the form of a plait and traditionally eaten on Sunday mornings.
This Swiss Braided Bread contains milk and butter, which gives it a lovely soft texture. It’s important to allow a long enough rise time after kneading and then again after shaping.
The first rest should be for about 1.5 hours or until double in size and then another proof for about 30 minutes after your braided your bread.
Bake it for 35 minutes and your house will smell like a little bakery.
Serve with butter and jam, this is my comfort food.
- 500g all purpose flour
- ¾ tablespoon salt
- 8g active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 60g butter, melted
- 300 ml milk, lukewarm
- 1 egg yolk mixed with 1tablespoon of milk to brush over dough
- Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Take the pan off the heat and add the cold milk into the pan. Mix should be lukewarm now.
- Mix the yeast and sugar and add some of the lukewarm milk. Let mixture stand until yeast begins to bubble (5 – 10 minutes).
- In a big bowl, mix the flour and the salt together. Then add all the other ingredients. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, for about 10 minutes.
- Place the dough into a bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let it rise at room temperature for about 1½ hours or until double in size.
- Cut dough in half and roll both halves into long strings.
- Braid the dough into a Zopf (see picture below). There are also plenty of tutorials online.
- Place the Butterzopf onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Lightly brush egg wash on the loaf, cover and set aside to proof for another 30 minutes.
- Brush another even coat of egg wash before baking the Butterzopf in a preheated oven at 200C (395F) for about 35 minutes. Tap the bottom of your zopf, the bread will sound hollow when it is done.
- Let cool completely on a wire rack.
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