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How to make a Braid "Butterzopf" or Challah

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A step by step instruction on how to make a braided bread called "Butterzopf" in Switzerland. A wonderful treat for a breakfast or brunch. It can be eaten anytime of day of course.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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For a "Zopf", you will need the following ingredients.

milk 550ml 18.6 fl oz (2 1/4 cups) U.S cups

unsalted butter 175g 6.17 oz (3/4 cup)

salt 25g 0.882 oz (4-5 Tsp)

the yolk of 2 eggs for the dough, one for "glazing"

instant dry yeast 14g 0.5 oz (4 1/2 Tsp)

all purpose flour 1000g 35.27 oz (7 1/2 cups)

A couple of things i want to say about the ingredients.
The milk i use is plain pasteurized milk. Not skimmed, low fat, high temp-treated or revitaminized. As i remember, it can be a bit tricky to get it in the U.S., at least i had troubles finding it. The flour i use is special Zopf flour. It's 90% white wheat flour and 10% white spelt flour. It has a lower gluten content than bread flour, it's also suited for Bavarian style brezen or pretzels.

A handy conversion utility:
http://www.traditionaloven.com/tutorials/conversion.html
gorgeous!
sunshiine3 years ago
So happy I found this. Thanks for sharing your hard work!
This bread is amazing! I eat it every time I go to my grandparents house. This bread should be eaten for passover instead.
Well actually, Passover is the holiday when you can't eat bread. Sorry.
aww
t.rohner (author)  genericcomment5 years ago
I'm not proficient in jewish holidays, but it sounds like passover is only once a year. Definitely not enough for this bread... ;-) Maybe the end of your comment should read "as well" instead of "instead". No blasphemy intended...
yeah meaning to replace the bowel stopping matzah, but should not be limited to passover.
rattyrain5 years ago
If I omit the spelt flour, how will it affect my recipe? I'm really just too lazy to ride to the store; can't drive yet :(
t.rohner (author)  rattyrain5 years ago
Should be not that big a deal, if you use plain all purpose flour.
I just want to say that this recipe is amazing! I'm actually making some now; I decided to put some raisins and fermented blueberries in it, so I guess I'll wait and see how it turns out!
t.rohner (author)  rattyrain4 years ago
Sounds interesting, i'm experimenting with potatoes in the bread dough. I first cook them, then i mash them and add it to the dough. I made the first test yesterday with around 30% potatoes. It worked very nicely, but the potatoes are only very slightly noticable. Today i'm using more potatoes and add some bacon and onions. I made a onion-bacon bread many years ago and it was a slammer.
greenbean5 years ago
Challah is Jewish, not Arabic.
iarkus5 years ago
Challah is a traditional jewish bread, used for bringing in the Sabbath celebration. I would not say it has anything to do with Arab culture.
You can say that again.
t.rohner (author)  iarkus5 years ago
You're right, i seem to have mixed up hebrew with arabic.
hey sry to be the one who has to say this but the vid isnt working other then that AMAZing instructathingy i deffinetly making some
t.rohner (author)  spicymeatball5 years ago
Download it to your desktop, then play it with VLC or Mediaplayer. It works for me, i just tried it. I know, it's not user friendly. But for the moment, that's how it is.
iarkus5 years ago
can you show the braiding of the dough too? it's been ages since I made this thing, pheew!
t.rohner (author)  iarkus5 years ago
There is a video of it at the end of step 3. You can download and play it with VLC for example.
Allowance105 years ago
Can you let it rise over night?
t.rohner (author)  Allowance105 years ago
Yes you can certainly do that. The difference is, you put the formed braids in the fridge to retard the final proof. Be sure to cover them with food wrap to prevent a skin from forming and taking up offtastes. In the morning, you eggwash the babies and bake them. Maybe you need to prolong the baking time by 5-10 minutes. If your crumb gets too dense, you could wait 10-20 minutes after forming, before you put them into the fridge. Taking out a dough from the fridge, or even a freezer and forming it afterwards is a bit problematic. Since the foamy consistency of a leavened dough, it insulates pretty well. That means, the core of the dough takes very long to reach ambient temperature. That in turn means the core of the loaf stays denser than the outer regions. I was thinking about heating a cooled dough evenly with a microwave, but i don't have one yet. I will try it sometime soon.
Hi, for the ingredients you have mills and oz's is there anyway you can break that down into cups and measuring spoons? This sounds really good but what if someone doesn't have something to measure mills and oz's....any help will be grealy appareciated. Thank you, Sandy
t.rohner (author)  SANDYSSEWKNITS5 years ago
I added the volume measures in the ingredients step.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I really appreciate what you did not only for me but for others as well who might want the same recipe. THANK YOU AGAIN, SANDY
t.rohner (author)  SANDYSSEWKNITS5 years ago
Hi Sandy,
if you're serious about baking, invest in a kitchen scale. (Analog types start at 4 $, digital at 20$.)
If you don't want to invest, the internet is your friend. I did a search with (weight volume conversion ingredients) and came up with:
Conversion

Hope this helps.
OH WOW!! This is really cool. I love this. Yes I have a computer (needless to say) but sometimes I get a little brain dead and I never thought to look for what you got for me. I do so really, really appreciate the effort and the time it took for you to do this for me. Thank you ever so much and I do hope that you and your family enjoy the up and coming HOLIDAYS. THANKS AGAIN, SANDY
superlox35 years ago
Great instructable! I love challah, and with Yom Kippur just around the corner I should probably give this a try!
pulsed5 years ago
Every time i have had challa it has had a much darker crust than the picture is that because its baked longer or what? nice ible btw.
t.rohner (author)  pulsed5 years ago
If your crust gets too dark, try to bake with a 10-20 deg lower setting. You can't reduce the time by much. Otherwise it won't bake through. When i started, i used a old oven, that needed a higher setting, than my new convection steam oven.
pulsed t.rohner5 years ago
thanks.
mrbox6 years ago
ROFL XD it looked like poop from the picture, sorry for that... great instructables and very delicious too =D.
t.rohner (author)  mrbox6 years ago
Hey there i never looked at it this way, bwahaha. But as you mention it, yeah, possibly. I'm just on my way to craft some croissants. Just bought some 40 pounds of flour yesterday, now i need some sweet butter to fold in to make a yeasted puff pastry dough. Desperate housewives would say it's too complicated to make, but hey, what's the deal. I made some last weekend, now i have to check out a different receipe to perfect it. We have a 25 person brunch coming up, where i have to bake some bread, croissants and "poop-bread" of course. I will bake it in my wood fired oven, since it will be to big for my electric household ovens, think of the three "poopies" in one piece, what a sight. I hope you tried to make them, because they are really delicious.
Zetheros6 years ago
Also, is it possible to make this with soymilk and olive oil instead? I don't really like dairy products except cheese.
t.rohner (author)  Zetheros6 years ago
You can substitute the milk with soymilk of course. For the butter i'd take a less aromatic oil than olive oil. For example sunflower oil. I'd take around 125ml or 7 tablespoons or so. If you like olive oil very much, you can try it of course. As for the version with dairy products, give it a try, you will be surprised how it tastes. The version with vegetable fats will be more of a challah, i didn't try it myself.
Zetheros6 years ago
Wow, thanks a lot for posting this, I haven't been on the site for awhile, I tried making it without this instructable, and got a half done hard tack thing, it tasted like dough XP I'll make this once I clean up the kitchen a bit!
Challah back!
I sure does love my challah!