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Grandma's Swiss New Year's Bread (Zuepfe) Recipe

Grandma’s Swiss New Year’s Bread (Zuepfe)


This traditional Swiss New Year's bread, or Zuepfe, is a handed-down recipe from a grandma that's beautiful and delicious.


  • 3 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C), divided
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Pour yeast into 1 cup water and set aside.
  2. Heat heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat until scalding, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter to melt; add remaining 2 cups warm water. Add eggs and salt; mix until all butter is melted. Pour in yeast mixture and stir.
  3. Beat 4 cups flour into the cream mixture with an electric mixer until well combined, adding more flour as needed to make a very stiff dough.
  4. Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface. Knead in about 4 more cups of flour until it is smooth, elastic, and no longer sticks. Turn into a large greased bowl and let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
  5. Knead down and let rise again, about 30 minutes.
  6. Divide dough into 6 long strands. Overlap 2 strands at a time into an upside-down "U" and braid. Place onto an ungreased baking sheet. Combine beaten egg and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl; brush loaf with wash. Let rise for about 20 minutes more.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool slightly before eating.

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Nutritional Information

Grandma's Swiss New Year's Bread (Zuepfe)

Servings Per Recipe: 16
Calories: 466.5
% Daily Value *
protein: 21 %
carbohydrates: 16 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 8 %
fat: 39 %
saturated fat: 75 %
cholesterol: 50 %
vitamin a iu: 18 %
niacin equivalents: 49 %
vitamin b6: 5 %
vitamin c:
folate: 39 %
calcium: 5 %
iron: 20 %
magnesium: 7 %
potassium: 4 %
sodium: 57 %
thiamin: 54 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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