On of our traditions in Switzerland, is the brunch on Sunday morning with Rösti, eggs and this bread. We call it "Züpfe" and you can buy it in every store and bakery. It's just the BEST. Every familiy has her own secret recipe for this bread. This is the recipe my mother always made on Sunday mornings for our family.
~ ~ "Züpfe" - Braided Bread ~ ~
Traditionally its made with a lot of butter and white flour. To make it a little healthier I used whole wheat flour.
6 cup (1kg) whole wheat flour
1.5 tablespoon salt
42g fresh yeast
2 cup (6dl) milk
1 stick (120g) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 egg yolk
Mix the Flour and the salt in a large bowl. Solve the yeast in the milk. Add the milk/yeast and the butter to the dry mixture and knead until everything is combined and the dough is soft and elastic. Cover it with a towel and allow the dough to rise for about two hours.
Preheat the oven to 390F degrees (200°C).
Make a braid with two strands: make a "x", fold the upper strand down, then the other other up, switch strand and do the same - upper strand down, other strand up, switch again till the braid is finished. Pull the braid a little appart and spread it with the egg yolk.
Bake for about 50 to 60 min.