HefeZopf / Challah / Braided Sweet Bread

20 May

When my daughter is back from her Kindergarten we used to share the happenings of the day. I used to ask her  about the day and how she did enjoy and what activities she did?. This is usual mothers bothering about child. The conversation starts with morning breakfast. She takes her breakfast most of the days in Kindergarten, as she enjoys having it with her friends. The Kindergarten provides a little Buffet Breakfast with fresh fruits, Müsili, Corn flakes, Fruits and some Breads. She says that she likes Sußen Bread mit Frisch Käse ( Sweet Bread with fresh cream cheese). Being Curious just peeped inside the Breakfast table and the teacher showed this HefeZopf (direct translation- yeast plait). After that bought several times from German bakeries.

Googled and came to know that it is also called Challah. Wiki has a long story about this in

I tried to get more sections in the bread. So went for 6 strands, but used my own way of braiding. Nevertheless the texture and taste was mostly equal to the store bought one. Got a word from my daughter, she said it tastes and smells like shop one.


  1. All purpose flour – 500 gm
  2. Butter – 50 gm in room temperature
  3. Egg – 2
  4. Sugar – 100 gms
  5. Salt – 1 tbs
  6. Milk – 150ml , warm
  7. Water – 50 ml , warm
  8. Yeast – 25 gms
  9. Raisins – 50 gms
  10. Almonds – 50 gms , chopped
  11. Egg – 1 for final touching


1. Mix yeast, warm water , 1 tbs of sugar, 1/2 tsp salt to a bowl and keep it a warm place for 15 minutes.

2. Mix the flour, eggs, sugar, milk, raisins and yeast mix together in a vessel to make a smooth dough.

3. Cover the vessel and dough with the kitchen towel and keep warm place. Let it sit for 2 hours or until it becomes more than double the size. ( I used the dough after 5 hours, as I had other work to do when the dough was ready)

4. Knead the dough and divide in to 6 equal parts. ( The divisions in the bread depend upon how many strands and a good braiding)

5.  Take each part and make it like strands using both your hands in the work place. Do it for all 6 parts.

6. Start braiding. This is what I did to get this shape .(Join all the strands together in one corner. Take the rightmost bring it to 3rd position from left. Take the leftmost and bring to 3rd position from right. Continue till end.)

7. Rest the braided dough for 1 hour in a warm place to raise for the second time.

8. Now beat the 1 egg in a small bowl and using pastry brush, do the egg wash for the braid and sprinkle the almonds on top. It will stick on egg coat.

9. Preheat the oven to 180 C and bake it for 25 minutes. After that take it out of oven and cool it.

TIP: 1. Tastes awesome with  spreaded cream cheese.

2. As far as I know, 2 types of all purpose flour is available in Germany, type 405 and 550 . I used flour type 550, the other did not give me better results. But for other bread recipes 405 suits good.


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  1. Sushma Mallya

    May 20, 2010 at 5:09 am

    wow what a beautiful bread, you do it really perfectly…and very nice step wise pics as well

  2. Hema

    May 20, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Wow!!! home-made tasty sweet bread looks delicious and yummy. perfectly baked…love the color.

  3. suman

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Thats a perfect looking sweet bread…yum!

  4. praniskitchen

    May 20, 2010 at 7:23 am

    wow sri..what a delicious sweet bread..the way u explained is really wonderful.whoever prepare this will get confuse the braiding part..u did it perfectly yarr.nice job.sure ur daughter really enjoyed having this.looks so yummy..

  5. Gita Jaishankar

    May 20, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Hi Sridevi, Thanks for dropping by my blog. You have a wonderful space here with a good collection of recipes. following you…will keep in touch 🙂

  6. Arthi

    May 20, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Wow yours look soo perfect. Gotta try this braided bread. Thanks for sharing.


    May 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Bread looks wonderful and I love the step by step clicks.My 1st visit here.You have good colection of posts.Do drop by simplyfood sometime.

  8. Manju Rajender

    May 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Wow !!! Sridevi gr8 🙂 Shows your cooking and baking talent. You have proved that your are living in Germany.

  9. Priya

    May 20, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Woww Sridevi, kalakuringa ponga..Super challah bread looks awesome and prefect..feel like having some slices rite now..

  10. Malar Gandhi

    May 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Oh boy…you have done a terrific job…your daughter must be thrilled. You must put ur collors up, it looks awesome, better than store bought.:)

  11. SathyaSridhar

    May 21, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Nicely braided sweet bread,,, looks perfect here we get only plain whole wheat or mixed seeds version i want to try this sweet one soon..looks soo soft.

  12. Tes

    May 21, 2010 at 5:43 am

    The bread looks so beautiful. I loving baking bread, it make my house smell delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. LATHA

    May 22, 2010 at 3:06 am

    wow this bread looks good and so sweet to see you doing clearly explained it in the stepwise method in the pics…

  14. subhie

    May 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    hi dear ..thanks for ur sweet comments in my blog….sweet bread looks abs prefect n yummy..thx for sharing…glad to follow u frm nowwards!

  15. Alexa

    February 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Made this yesterday, looks amazing 🙂 and tastes amazing too.