Yeast Plait Recipe, a fine Bread not only for Easter

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My Yeast Plait recipe I present to you in this article. The yeast pastry is not only the classic at Easter but can sweeten every breakfast on Sunday.

A fine classic Easter plait need not hide behind any French brioche. I love my yeast pastry with butter and homemade jam. That’s how I like to start my weekends in a relaxed manner.

My step by step instructions for the great pastry will guide you to the perfect result. Have fun baking and good luck!

Strawberry marmalade bread

My strawberry jam recipe as suitable spread I show you in another post. © Foodphotographer Thomas Sixt

1. The dough for a successful yeast pastry

What do our ingredients do?

  • The yeast dough has a high flour content. By adding yeast the dough is loosened.
  • The added milk strengthens the sticking effect of the dough and makes the plait inside nice and soft.
  • The soft or liquid butter that we add makes the sweet bread juicy. You must not use too much butter, otherwise the yeast will not work. 
  • The eggs make the Easter plait tastier and conjure the golden-yellow colour into our pastry. The final brushing with egg yolk before baking makes our plait shine.
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Fresh yeast plait on the baking tray © Thomas Sixt Food Fotograf

2. Tips and tricks for the perfect Easter plait

  • All ingredients should be kept well tempered so that the yeast finds the temperature necessary for fermentation.
  • Sieve the flour before processing and form a hollow.
  • Fresh yeast is best dissolved in the flour cooler in crumbled form with lukewarm milk.
  • You should knead your dough until it bubbles or comes off the bowl.
  • When you touch the dough, it should feel smooth like a very soft rubber ball.
  • Leave your dough to rest in a warm place for 15-20 minutes at least twice. 

3. Yeast plait recipe

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Yeast plait, a traditional pastry
A recipe for successful baking, photographed and written down by professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 4 Portions
Calories: 2063kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Ingredients
  • 500 g flour type 405 or 505
  • 30 g fresh yeast or 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 70 g sugar
  • 200 ml lukewarm milk
  • 70 g soft butter
  • 5 g salt
  • 2 pc eggs
  • 1 pc egg yolk to coat
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • some lemon peel abrasion from an organic lemon
Instructions
  • Sift the flour fresh into a mixing bowl with a flour sifter.
    Press a depression into the flour. Crumble the fresh yeast into the hollow or add it as powder. Add a part of the lukewarm milk. Let it ferment for 10 minutes.
    Hefeteig zutaten in einer Rührschüssel
  • Then knead the dough with a mixer and dough hooks starting from the flour cooler with the dissolved yeast.
    Add the other ingredients to the dough: soft or liquid butter, the rest of the milk, sugar, two eggs, vanilla sugar, salt and lemon grated.
    Work well in the mixing bowl with the dough hooks.
    Hefeteig verrühren
  • Stir until a smooth dough is formed, which beats bubbles and comes away easily from the bowl wall. Leave the dough to rest for a good 15 minutes in a warm place, covered.
    Hefeteig für den Osterzopf
  • After the dough has rested, use a dough card to divide the dough into three equal parts. Roll these parts into strands of a good 2 cm thickness by hand on the kitchen board.
    Teigwürste für Hefezopf
  • Glue the ends of the three strands by pressing them together.
    Hefezopf flechten
  • Braid a suitable braid and finish off well at the ends and place on a baking tray on baking paper.
    Preheat the oven at 175-200° C.
    Hefezopf frischer Teig
  • Leave the finished plait to stand for another 15 minutes in a warm place.
    Hefezopf aufgegangen
  • Spread a whisked egg yolk on the plait with a baking brush.
    Hefezopf vor dem Backen mit Eigelb bestrichen
  • Bake the plait for about 35 minutes. Let it cool down. Then cut open and enjoy!
    Hefezopf mit Marmelade
Notes
My Tip:
  • Sprinkle the Easter plait with granulated sugar before baking.
  • If you like, you can add 150g raisins to the dough.

4. Calories and nutritional values

Nutrition Facts
Yeast plait, a traditional pastry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2063 Calories from Fat 963
% Daily Value*
Fat 107g165%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 73g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 958mg42%
Potassium 1119mg32%
Carbohydrates 214g71%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 63g126%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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