Saturday, July 4, 2009

Zopf- A Swiss bread

So after the disastrous cooking efforts the past two days, I woke up this morning determined to make this bread and make it well. Zopf is a traditional Swiss bread and it literally means "braid". This is my entry to A.W.E.D Swiss event. This event was originally started by D of "The chef in you".
It is a fairly simple bread made with flour, yeast, butter and an egg. I got the recipe here and followed it through.

Ingredients 1 package active dry yeast 1 1/3 c warm milk 1 egg yolk 2 tbsp butter, softened 2 1/2 cups flour 1 egg white 1 tbsp water Method In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Add the egg yolk, butter and 2 cups of bread flour; stir well to combine. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. (Here I must added at least a cup more!)

When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.(I had to keep added flour to the surface to prevent the dough from sticking)


Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces and roll each piece into a 14 inch long cylinder. Braid the pieces together and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

In a small bowl, beat together egg white and water. Brush risen loaf with egg wash and bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25, until golden.

One thing I must say though- I did not braid it well but the bread came out well. Also I forgot the salt, yeah baking 101 hello!!!! So the next time, I will add some salt. May be make some a sweeter version of the bread and braid it so that it looks pretty.

5 comments:

  1. This is so famous, the loaf looks very professional.

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  2. Very perfect it looks.You did braid well as far as I am concerned.Thanks for the hearty traditional Swiss bread.

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  4. Looks cool !! Wonder if there is an eggless version I can try...

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