The Culinary Trip around the World stops in Germany and it gets paschal.
The yeast wreath, in Germany known as Hefekranz, is a traditional Easter recipe. The bread has a sweet note and it is easy to make. Perfect for a brunch, a breakfast or an afternoon tea, not only during Easter time.(Recipe) Easter Yeast Wreath - German Hefezopf

Easter is my favourite holiday. I adore the blossoming of the year, the fresh colours, the brighter days, the bunnies and yes, the pastries, sweets and treats too.

Everywhere you go, you see pastel decoration, chocolate in its sweetest form and traditional homemade goods, which recipes survived for centuries now.
Yeast wreath or sometimes braided yeast isn’t only one of my highlights, but also a beloved treat in central Europe.
This bread is on the sweeter side, but just enough to still enjoy it throughout the day, for breakfast, brunch or for the afternoon tea. Best way to eat it? With butter or a marmalade.

There are several recipes for this wreath. I tried a few, took notes and made it a bit easier, so starters would have no problem baking this sweet bread.

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(Recipe) Easter Yeast Wreath - German Hefezopf

Ingredients

250 ml milk
500 g flour
7 g dry yeast
50 g sugar
2 eggs
pinch of salt
90 g butter
1 tsp zest of a lemon

1 egg yolk
10 ml milk
sugar or almonds to decorate

Instructions

It cannot get easier.
First mix lukewarm milk, the dry yeast and one teaspoon of the sugar and set aside, so the yeast can work.

Now on to the rest. Just put all the remaining ingredients flour, sugar, 2 eggs, pinch of salt, butter and one teaspoon zest of a lemon into a bowl. Add the milk mixture and mix thoroughly. Set aside for about two hours.

Preheat the oven.

Knead the dough on a floury surface, stretch and form and cut lengthwise into two pieces so you get two snakes.
Fold over and over until you reach the end. Combine both and press ends together.

Combine egg yolk and milk and brush the wreath. Sprinkle sugar or almond flakes on top and bake at 175°C for about 15 – 17 minutes.

Enjoy

Try with: butter, cheese or (homemade) marmalade

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(Recipe) Easter Yeast Wreath – German Hefezopf

Ingredients

  • 250 ml milk
  • 500 g flour
  • 7 g dry yeast
  • 50 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 90 g butter
  • 1 tsp zest of a lemon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 10 ml milk
  • sugar or almond to decorate

Instructions

  1. First mix lukewarm milk, the dry yeast and one teaspoon of the sugar and set aside, so the yeast can work.
  2. Now on the rest. Just put all the remaining ingredients flour, sugar, 2 eggs, pinch of salt, butter and one teaspoon zest of a lemon into a bowl. Add the milk mixture and mix thoroughly. Set aside for about two hours.
  3. Preheat the oven.
  4. Knead the dough on a floury surface, stretch and form and cut lengthwise into two pieces so you have two snakes.
  5. Fold over and over until you reach the end. Combine both and press ends together.
  6. Combine egg yolk and milk and brush the wreath. Sprinkle sugar or almond flakes on top and bake at 175°C for about 15 - 17 minutes.
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(Recipe) Easter Yeast Wreath - German Hefezopf

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