Recipe: Osterstriezel

This time, in line with the upcoming Easter, everything revolves around the traditional Easter Striezel which is a braided yeast bread. Whether as an Easter snack or as breakfast combined with butter or a delicious jam, the Striezel is a popular classic when spending time with the family. With our recipe we show you how to quickly and easily make a Striezel.

Easter is one of my favourite holidays which I spend with my family. Not only the Easter celebration gives me joy, but also the preparations. Baking together and colouring Easter eggs with my mom are on the list of things to do. Whether for breakfast or as a gift, the classic Easter Striezel will not be a bad choice.


Tips for the preparation

We have alreay shown you some versions for the preparation of yeast dough in our recipes for "Wuchteln" and "Germknödel". In this Easter Striezel recipe we will show you again, but this time it is a quite simple version of it. My tip: all ingredients should be at room temperature, so that the yeast dough rises really well and succeeds.

Ingredients for 3 braids


  • 550 g lukewarm milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 14 g salt
  • 150 g sugar
  • 1300 g wheat flour 700
  • 42 g fresh yeast (= 1 cube)
  • 50 g butter at room temperature

For the finish:

  • 1 egg for coating
  • Hail sugar for decorating



  1. For the sweet yeast dough, mix milk and eggs in a bowl
  2. Then add the flour and crumble the yeast on top
  3. Eventually, add salt, sugar and the room-warm butter
  4. knead everything into a smooth dough (I personally knead it with a dough hook at the beginning, and at the end I knead the dough again with my hands)
  5. Then cover the dough and let it rest for about an hour
  1. after the dough has risen properly, divide the dough into three parts
  2. we will show you three variants of how to play with the dough appearance of an Easter striezel

Variation 1: classic 3 plait

  • Divide dough into three parts and shape them into three equal strands
  • At the top end, fold the three strands together
  • Braid them together

Variation 2: Easter nest with a coloured egg in the centre

  • Divide the dough into 2 two parts
  • Form each of the two dough parts into three strands
  • Braid two simple 3-braids from the six strands
  • Fold the plait at the end and place an egg in the middle

Variation 3: A 4-plait

  • From the 3rd piece of dough, form four strands
  • Place the four strands to form a cross
  • Braid the plait
  1. Cover the baking tray and let the three plaits rest for another 15-20 minutes
  2. then brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with hail sugar
  3. bake the Striezel in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for about 25 minutes until golden brown

A little tip at the end: The small Easter nests are also great as a gift or as a souvenir.

Have fun preparing it and enjoy!