Hefezopf German Sweet Bread

Food by Saskia van Deelen + Photography by Julia Cawley

Here’s the recipe for Quick Homemade Orange Campari Cranberry Jam!


You will need:
3/4 cup whole milk
2 ounces butter, softened
17 ounces all-purpose flour
2 ounces sugar
a pinch of salt
1 packet dry yeast
2 eggs
2 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons sugar

  1. In a saucepan, warm the milk, along with the butter, until lukewarm.
  2. Mix flour with sugar, salt, and dry yeast. Add the warm milk, eggs, and ricotta, and knead into a smooth dough.
  3. Form dough into a ball, and place in a bowl, covered with a kitchen towel, in a warm place for 90 minutes.
  4. Once the dough has risen, take the dough ball out of the bowl, knead it again, and divide into 3 equal portions.
  5. Roll each section about 16 inches long and braid together into a long loaf.
  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with a cloth, and leave to rest for another 30 minutes in a warm place.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400oF.
  8. Mix the egg yolk with water and brush it onto the bread. Sprinkle with sugar.
  9. Bake on the center rack for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack and serve warm with Orange Campari Cranberry Jam.