German Coffee Braid Recipe

German Coffee Braid picture


Preparation Time1 Hr 0 MinCooking Time30 Min
Ready In1 Hr 30 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexJust EnjoyServings6
Main IngredientInterest Group


 Active dry yeast/1 cake compressed yeast1⁄4 Ounce (1 Package)
 Water2 Tablespoon
 Milk2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs), scalded
 Butter/Margarine1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Sugar3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
 Salt1 Teaspoon
 Sifted all purpose flour3 Cup (48 tbs)
 Ground cinnamon1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Ground nutmeg1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Confectioners sugar frosting1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Adjust Quantity As Needed)
 Candied cherries1 Tablespoon
 Chopped walnuts1 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 554 Calories from Fat 173

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 20 g30.3%

Saturated Fat 10.8 g53.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 78.1 mg

Sodium 349.3 mg14.6%

Total Carbohydrates 86 g28.6%

Dietary Fiber 2.9 g11.6%

Sugars 35.4 g

Protein 9 g18.9%

Vitamin A 10.8% Vitamin C 0.1%

Calcium 6.3% Iron 19.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


You will need to use very warm water (105° 115° F.) for dry yeast; use lukewarm (80° 90°F.) for compressed.
Sprinkle dry yeast or crumble cake into water.
Let stand for a few minutes; then stir until dissolved.
Pour hot milk over 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and the salt; cool to lukewarm.
Add yeast, egg, and 1 1/2 cups flour.
Beat until smooth; then beat in remaining flour.
Turn out on floured pastry cloth or board and knead until smooth and satiny.
Put in greased bowl; turn once, cover, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down and let rise again.
Divide into 3 equal parts.
Roll each into a rectangle 12 x 17 inches.
Brush with soft butter.
Mix 1/2 cup sugar, the cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Sprinkle on dough.
Roll each piece up tightly from narrow side.
Put on greased cookie sheet and braid tightly, pinching ends together.
Brush with soft butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake in preheated moderate oven (350°F.) for about 30 minutes.
Cool, and decorate with Confectioners' Sugar Frosting, cherries, nuts.
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