Nusszopf, a Nut Braid that is an Easter tradition

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Soon it is Easter and I always wanted to make a Nusszopf for this holiday. I have made many braided sweet Yeast breads before, but not with this nut filling. After I baked the nut braid and tasted it, I realized it is much better than the store-bought.

It is an old custom to make a nut and yeast braid for Easter. In some areas, the yeast braid, with or without a filling, is also formed into an Easter wreath before baking, and brightly colored eggs are then inserted in the middle

Easter Nusskranz
Easter Nut Wreath, Nusskranz

This recipe for Nusszopf can also be made into a wreath with colored eggs in the middle, especially for Easter. It is not only delicious at this holiday, you can prepare the sweet delicacy all year round. The juicy, buttery nut filling in the yeast loaf with different types of nuts, like Walnuts, Pecans or Hazelnuts.

Another option would be a Poppy Seed filling. 2 cups poppy seeds, 10 tbsp milk and 1 tsp sugar. In a small pot bring milk with poppy seeds and sugar to a boil. Remove from heating element and let it swell. Follow the recipe.

You can make the nut filling quickly and easily. The secret is enough butter and a pinch of cinnamon. The base is of course freshly ground or chopped nuts. They must not be too old or they may even taste rancid.

It is important that the ingredients are at room temperature, so take everything out of the fridge a couple hours before. You can even melt the butter in the microwave. Also leave the yeast dough alone while rising. Longer is better, the fluffier your braid will be.

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