Zopf is a swiss-german for "knot"
Swiss butter Zopf is a popular sunday bread in switzerland ,aside from cheese and chocolates swiss poeple love to eat bread for brunch. This bread is a very unique because of it's appearance like a knotted hair braid.
I will show here a very easy recipe of Butter Zopf.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
1 kg. white flour
1 tsp. salt
125 gr.butter (let it sit on a room temp. To make it soft)
1 egg yolk
*Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. ( better sift first the flour to avoid some hard parts) then put the wet ingredients. ( egg,yeast,milk & butter)
*Knead to a soft dough ,we do it usually by hand so i can't give exactly how many minutes you have to roll it but depends how good you knead the dough until it's good to set aside (cover the bowl with a cloth) and let it rise until it doubled the size.
*cut the dough to two parts and weave it like a knot and create a long roll size each.
-put the two long dough on cross position
-hold the two ends of the first dough and cross it over then take the two ends of the second dough and same procedure cross it ove
-just repeat until you reach the end of each dough and just simply fold the ends to have a nice zopf form.
Put the finished zopf dough in a tray with backing paper and cover again for about 30mins. After that brush the egg yolks on it to have that brownish shiny look.
Bake for about 45mins. @ 200 degrees celsius.
Just a tip on how to know if your Zopf is perfectly baked,try to knocked on each side of the Zopf and if you hear that string sound like knocking on your door and it's has a hard appearance ,it's ready to eat!
You can eat it with butter and marmalade or with cold cuts. (Ham,pepperoni etc.)