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How to bake a swiss “Zopf”

December 10th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

The swiss Zopf is a bread traditionally baked on weekends for Sundays breakfast or “brunch“. Here is a simple howto and recipe, that is Licensed under GFDL 1.2 & CC-by-sa 3.0.

Zopf Step 1

  • 1 kg of white flour
  • 120 g of butter
  • 42 g of yeast
  • 0.6 l of milk
  • 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 egg yolks

Zopf Step 2

Fill the flour in a pot together with pieces of butter, the sugar and salt.

Zopf Step 3

Dissolve the yeast in hand-warm Milk.

Zopf Step 4

Fill the Milk (with dissolved yeast) into the pot.

Zopf Step 5

Start mixing all together.

Zopf Step 6

Knead the dough forcefully.

Zopf Step 7

Put the dough back into the pot, cover it with a humid towel and let it arise double of it’s size.

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After one hour take the dough out of the pot and cut it into two pieces (for one loaf of bread) or into 4 pieces (for 2 loaves of breads). Braid the dough like shown on the images.

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Cover the bread with egg yolk.

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Put it into the preheated oven for 50 Minutes with 180-200° C

Zopf Step 18

Enjoy 😉

Lix with Swiss Zopf

Lix with Swiss Zopf


(All pictures and recipe are licensed under GFDL 1.2 & CC-by-sa 3.0 by Lix and Patrick Rapold)

  1. kerry
    October 29th, 2010 at 01:40 | #1

    thanks, been looking for that.

    but Dough, and we say 1 loaf, or 2 loaves of bread 🙂

    • lix
      October 29th, 2010 at 01:45 | #2

      Thanks, Kerry.
      Corrected that.
      Enjoy your swiss breakfast!

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