August 15th, 2011

Little Milk Braids

Milch-ZöpfchenThe bakery in the small village in which we spend our vacation in East Frisia offered little braids made of a slightly sweet dough. They taste great with jam or honey or as a sandwich with cheese.

The kitchen of our small holiday home contained a oven. So I brought the most important things for baking with me: scale, bowl and my hands Zwinkerndes Smiley. And I tried to recreate the recipe for the little braids to take a little bit of our holiday memories back home.

I decided to use Pâte Fermentée as a preferment and a water roux for a fluffy crumb.

To make kneading more easy (I left the kitchen machine at home) I let the dough rest after mixing it together for 30 min – during this Autolysis the proteins in the dough are hydrated and developing a nice gluten network is then more easy.

The little braids are delicious – slightly sweet like the original and with a fluffy crumb.

Little Milk Braids

Pâte Fermentée

  • 250g flour Type 550
  • 175g Water
  • 5g Salt
  • 1g fresh yeast

Water Roux

  • 150g Milk
  • 30g flour Type 550



  • beaten egg or cream

The evening before prepare the Pâte Fermentée: Knead all ingredients until a smooth dough is formed. Ferment for 1 hour then chill the time in the fridge for at least 12 hours.

For the water roux whisk milk and flour until lump free, then heat it up to 65°C (needs about 3 min) while whisking. Fill the water roux in a bowl, cover its surface with cling foil and let it cool down to room temperature.

Dissolve the yeast in milk, then mix this yeast-milk together with eggs, salt, flour, water roux and Pâte fermentée until a homogenous dough has formed. Let it rest for 30 min

Now knead  for 10  min. Then add sugar in two steps and knead in between always for 1 min. At last add the butter all at once and knead until the butter is completely incooperated.

Ferment for one hour.

Divide into pieces of 80g each. Roll into Strands of 30 cm and cut each strand into 3 pieces of 10 cm. Braid those 3 Strands into little Braids.

Proof for 1 hour.

After proofing glaze with egg or cream. Then bake at 220°C for 15 – 20 min.

I sent this entry to Yeastspotting, Susans weekly showcase of yeast baked good.

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7 Responses t_on Little Milk Braids

  1. Katrin January 10th, 2018

    Hallo Stefanie. Kann ich statt er Zöpfe auch einfache Milchbrötchen machen ? Ich hab leider noch nicht so das richtige Milchbrötchenrezept gefunden.

    1. Stefanie January 10th, 2018

      @Katrin: Das kannst du machen. Alternativ würden sich die Neheimer Stütchen auch sehr gut als Milchbrötchen machen (grundsätzlich SIND es ja Milchbrötchen, nur halt ein wenig größer als normalerweise).

  2. Martina April 25th, 2012

    Hallo Stefanie,
    habe in deinen Rezepten schon öfter von einem water roux gelesen. ist mir hier och, ob dieser Teig anschließend 12 Stunden in den Kühlschrank soll oder ob er nach dem abkühlen direkt verwendet wird.

    1. Stefanie April 25th, 2012

      @Martina: Den Water roux kannst du direkt nach dem Abkühlen verwenden (so mache ich das normalerweise). Man kann ihn aber auch im Vorhinein vorbereiten und bis zum Gebrauch im Kühlschrank lagern.

  3. My Italian Smorgasbord August 20th, 2011

    hi there! what a lovely blog you have here. You are a great baker! So funny… I was just thinking of making some treccine (little sweet bread braids). Yours look perfect!


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