Swiss Sunday Bread


This traditional Swiss bread is a staple in Switzerland for Sunday breakfasts. The braided texture makes it the perfect centerpiece for entertaining.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
1 loaf


  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg white

  • ¼ cup warm milk

  • water as needed

  • ¾ stick unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. Place flour into a bowl, creating a small hole in the center. Sprinkle salt around the edge and place yeast and sugar into the hole.

  2. Mix egg and egg white together in a 2-cup measuring cup. Add enough water to reach the 1 1/4-cup mark. Stir in milk. Add melted butter. Pour into the center of the flour. Mix thoroughly, adding more milk or flour as needed until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let rise for 30 minutes.

  3. Cut dough in half. Form each half into a long roll. Lay rolls out in front of you on a work surface in an X shape. Braid bread by constantly switching ends. Place bread onto a baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise for 15 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Brush bread with beaten egg using a pastry brush.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven on the middle rack until golden, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

203 Calories
7g Fat
29g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 310mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 76mg 2%

* 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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