Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you enjoy the free days especially with this gorgeous weather as much as I do :) And for this occassion I'd like to share this Hefezopf recipe with you. It's a braided white yeast bread and traditionally eaten around easter time.

Hefezopf (Challah) - one big or two small loaves

1 kg wheat flour (405)
500 ml milk
100 g sugar
42 g fresh yeast (1 cube)
150 g soft butter
3 eggs
1 tbsp lemon zest
salt &  sugar

Sift the flour into a big bowl  (I used the bowl of my Kitchen Aid). In a medium pot heat up the milk until lukewarm, transfer to a new bowl and add the yeast. By the time the yeast has dissolved, add the lemon zest and two of the three eggs and mix with a beater or mixer until just combined. Pour it all at once into the bowl containing the flour and add the softened butter and a pinch of salt. Knead the dough with your hands on a floured surface or with your Kitchen Aid until elastic and smooth. Let the dough rise until doubled in size (approximately 2 hours ) in a bowl covered with a damp towel. Once doubled knead again and seperate into three same-sized portions. Form three strands and out of it a braid, transfer to a baking tray covered with parchment paper and let it rise for another 30 minutes. Meanwhile heat up the oven to 200°C (395°F).

Beat the remaining egg with a pinch of salt and sugar and brush all over the top of the bread. Bake for 45 minutes.

So make this and enjoy a slice of bread with thick layers of butter and jam or plain with Nutella :)

Kisses* Sabrina

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