Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Homemade Zopf Bread for the GBBO Week 2

It is week two of the Great Bloggers Bake Off, and this week the theme is bread. Since I received my fantastic Kenwood Chef for Christmas I've been challenging myself to work through some of the bread recipes in the recipe book that it came with, and so I've already tried basic loaves and rolls. For this week's challenge I decided to make Zopf bread, which I've not made before.

I used the Zopf recipe from my Kenwood Chef recipe book which you can find online here - Kenwood Chef Recipes. The recipe uses egg, which gives it an almost cakey taste. Using the mixer is a bit of a cheat, but it certainly makes me more inclined to bake my own bread! The most difficult part was dividing the mixture into three and plaiting, it was difficult to roll it out into even ropes.

Here it is fresh from the oven:

Homemade Zopf bread recipe

 I'm so glad that I set the oven timer for 20 minutes rather than the recommended 30, as it was definitely cooked by then.

Homemade Zopf bread recipe

I was very pleased with my attempt, it was delicious and it looked good too. Definitely a recipe that I'll be trying again!
Homemade Zopf bread recipe

Next week is going to be a real challenge for me - Trifle, Floating Islands or Petit Fours. I've not made any of them before, so I need to do some research and planning!

I'm linking up to the Great Bloggers Bake Off, hosted by Mummy Mishaps and The Crazy Kitchen.

13 comments:

  1. That looks so yummy, I would love to try!

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    1. I'd recommend it, it was easy and tasty!

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  2. Jen - you made some great plaited bread! wow i am so impressed - i would be very scared to try this!!! i would love a slice with butter and jam on!mmm
    thanks for linking up x

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    1. Thank you! It was very easy really, I'm sure that I could have made it a bit more even but I had to work quickly because the children were grabbing the dough!

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  3. looks so lovely! I'd never heard of this bread before, but it sounds lovely - and 20 minutes looks about perfect!

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    1. I think that I caught it just in time!

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  4. Oh i had this once years ago and didnt know what it was now you shared i know i would love to try this

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    1. I'd recommend it, it looks impressive but it's really simple

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  5. Ooh, very impressive looking! I've seen these breads before but never knew that's what they were called.

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    1. Thank you! I think that Zopf actually means plait, so the name refers to the shape rather than the recipe.

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  6. Oh, a plait, super talented, it looks amazing!

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  7. That looks lovely, very professional! Not cheating using the mixer (I used mine) time saving! :)

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  8. I've never heard of that before...it does look good & I don't see using a food mixer as cheating...it's just to help us multi task! ;-)

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