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Zupfe loaf with Gruyère

Prep time over 2 hours
Cook time over 2 hours
Makes 1 loaf
Dietary Vegetarian
From The Great British Bake Off
Zupfe is a rustic Swiss bread traditionally enjoyed as part of a large Sunday brunch. Its characteristic elements are the inclusion of milk and butter which adds richness as well as flavour.


  1. Warm 150ml/5fl oz of the milk in a small pan to blood temperature then mix in the yeast and set it aside until the mixture becomes frothy.

  2. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture, the butter, Gruyère and the remaining milk and knead the mixture for about 10 minutes, adding a little more flour if needed.

  3. Place the dough in a large, clean bowl, cover with a dry tea towel and set aside in a warm place until it has doubled in size – about one and a half hours.

  4. Remove the dough from the bowl, divide it into six equal portions and roll each into a long strand. Pinch the strands together at the top, plait together loosely and place on a greased baking tray.

  5. Brush the loaf with the beaten egg and place in a cold oven. Turn the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3 and bake the loaf for 45-50 minutes or until the loaf is golden-brown and the bottom sounds hollow when its tapped.


  • 500ml/18fl oz whole milk
  • 1 heaped tsp fast action dried yeast
  • 500g/1lb 2oz strong white bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 50g/1¾oz butter, softened
  • 55g/2oz Gruyère, grated
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten

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Zupfe loaf with Gruyère

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