Hefekranz or Hefezopf (the Letter. Mayan Wreath or Mayan Tile) is an insidious temptation common in southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Tyrol.
It is made from dough with yeast, milk, eggs and butter, often with raisins and almonds. Both types are traditionally made from three woven strips of dough, but while Hefezopf is shaped like a firewood, Hefekranz is wrapped in a circle like a wreath. These Kozunaks are very similar to the vetekrans or vetelängd (the letter "wreath" or "grain piece") prepared in Sweden. Here is an option for preparing Hefezopf.

Necessary products:

German Hefekranz or Hefezopf

500y white wheat flour
80-100y. sugar
80y butter
1 / 2 cube of fresh yeast or 7g. dry
1 / 2h vanilla essence
1 / 2h lemon juice
1 big egg
200ml milk
For glaze and decoration:
1 yolk
1l milk
Refined almonds or coarse sugar

Method of preparation:

All products should be warm (not refrigerated). Dissolve the sugar and yeast in half of the warmed milk. Mix the softened butter with flour and add the reconstituted yeast and other products. Knead a soft dough that does not stick. If necessary and depending on the brands used, it may be necessary to add some flour or milk. Cover and keep warm until double the volume. Knead again and divide into three (or more if desired) equal pieces, with your hands to form the same length and thickness of strips of dough. Knit in a braid and place in a baking tray. Cover again and bring to a boil for 30-40 min. Then whisk in the yolk and sprinkle with almonds and / or sugar. Bake in preheated 170 ° C until tender - about 40 min.