German Hefezopf

The "Hefezopf" (literally translated "yeast braid") is often served in Germany for breakfast or with afternoon coffee.

It is a small, filling treat that impresses both children and adults with its mild sweetness.


  • 500g flour
  • 20g fresh yeast or 7g dry yeast
  • 100g sugar
  • 80g vegan butter
  • 275ml luke-warm soy milk, oat milk or almond milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • the pulp of a vanilla pod or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

  • For the glaze
  • 50ml Soy Cream to spread
  • 30g Coarse sugar / Crystal sugar


Step 1

Put the yeast in a small bowl and mix with 125 ml of the lukewarm soy milk and 2 tablespoons of the sugar until the yeast has dissolved. Then let the mixture rest for about 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

Melt the butter in a saucepan and then let it cool down a little. Important: the butter must not be warmer than 40° C before it comes into contact with the yeast in the next step, otherwise the yeast will be destroyed.

Step 3

Mix the flour, remaining sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining soy milk (150 ml), the yeast mix, vanilla and the liquid butter and stir everything until the flour has absorbed the liquid. Then knead the dough with your hands for 5-10 minutes (or use a food processor)

Step 4

Then oil a large bowl, put the dough in it and cover the bowl with a damp tea towel. Let rise for 60 minutes until the mass has doubled. After the walking time, knead the yeast dough again briefly.

Step 5

Now you have 2 options: either you form a large yeast plait from the dough or two small ones. Divide the required amount of dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into long strands and then braid them into a braid. Press the top and bottom together.

Step 6

Place the yeast plait on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and carefully brush with a little water or milk. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for another 30 minutes at room temperature.

Step 6

After 15-20 minutes, preheat the oven to 180° C heat.

Step 6

After the rest period, brush the yeast plait with a mixture of a little soy cream and a pinch of turmeric and finally sprinkle with the coarse sugar.

Step 6

Baking time with only one large braid of yeast: 30-35 minutes.
Baking time for two small yeast plaits: 20-25 minutes

Step 6

The surface should be light golden yellow and a toothpick should come out with no traces of dough

Step 6

After the baking time, let the yeast plait cool down on a wire rack