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Partybrot – German party bread

This is a recipe I would have never tried had it not been for my daughter’s German class in high school. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of it until today when I was searching for something to make. You see, each year the school has all the German students make a German recipe to bring in and share. However, Frau* said no German Chocolate Cake since that’s what everyone wants to bring. LOL

* Frau is how they address the German teacher. The definition is “used as a courtesy title in a German-speaking area before the surname or professional title of an adult woman.”

Last year we made Homemade German Pretzels, and those went over very well. So many other students will be bringing desserts, so we opted for something a little different. This is actually a very easy recipe. I can’t tell you what they taste like as they have to go to school tomorrow, but I can tell you they smelled wonderful. It was hard resisting the temptation to pull one of those sections off!

Traditional partybrot (it’s pronounced “broat” like boat) is coated with an egg wash just before baking and sprinkled with poppy seeds and sesame seeds. I was out of poppy seeds, so I went with sesame seeds and coarse salt. Hopefully Frau won’t mind. ;) I think mine baked a tad long, so I have rewritten the recipe to reflect what I believe to be the right time. (I did have to rewrite a couple of the instructions that were a bit confusing in the original.)

After preparing the dough and letting it rise, you’ll separate it into 19 pieces. Be sure to see my tips at the end of the recipe on how to do this uniformly. Then you place them in the buttered pan, cover, and let them rise.

After they’ve risen, brush them with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds and poppy seeds, then bake. Fabulous!

Partybrot: German Party Bread
adapted from That’s My Home

printable version

1 cup milk, separated
2 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 egg beaten for egg wash

Warm milk in the microwave for 30-40 seconds to take the chill off, should be lukewarm. Sprinkle yeast into 1/2 cup of the milk in a bowl. Leave for 5 minutes; then stir to dissolve. Combine remaining 1/2 cup of milk with melted butter and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Beat in eggs until evenly combined. Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Make well in center and pour in dissolved yeast and butter mixture. Use wooden spoon to mix in flour to form a soft, sticky dough.

Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Knead until smooth, shiny and elastic about 10 minutes. Knead in extra flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, if dough is too sticky. Resist adding too much flour, as dough should not be dry, but soft. Put dough in an oiled bowl and cover with dish towel. Let rise until doubled about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, then let rest for 10 minutes.

Grease a 9.5″ springform pan with some melted butter. Divide dough into 19 equal pieces (see tip below). Shape each piece of dough into a smooth ball by pressing down with the heel of your palm, then rolling around against the counter to create the ball. Arrange shaped rolls in prepared pan by making an outer ring of 12 rolls, an inner ring of 6 rolls, placing last roll in center of 2 rings. Cover pan with dish towel and proof until doubled about 45 minutes.

Brush top of each roll with egg glaze and sprinkle alternately with sesame and poppy seeds. Bake in preheated 425° F. oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Place pan onto a wire rack to cool slightly. Remove the springform from the rolls and place on a plate. Serve immediately.

Amanda’s Tips: The easiest and most accurate way to separate the dough into 19 equal pieces is by using a simple kitchen or postage scale. Place the dough on the scale to get the full weight. Convert the total weight from pounds to ounces, then divide the total number of ounces by 19. That will give you approximately how many ounces each of your pieces should weigh. Pull pieces off of the dough and place it on the scale to get the right weight. Works perfectly and you’ll have nice uniform sections!

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30 Responses to Partybrot – German party bread

  1. 1
    5 Star Foodie says:

    This bread sounds wonderful! I would love to try it!

  2. 2
    Mimi says:

    I came by to check out the chocolate chip cookies, but this bread caught my eye. Very similar to challa, perhaps a bit sweeter.
    I just had to laugh at "Frau" one of the Spanish teachers at our high school is simply referred to as senorita, even by those who don't take Spanish.
    Mimi

  3. 3
    Chow and Chatter says:

    wow impressive

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    Marie says:

    They look wonderful Amanda!! Very nice!

  5. 5
    Leslie says:

    never heard of this bread either..but it sure looks delicious

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    s says:

    it looks super good..am def trying this one!

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    Debbie says:

    I think "Frau" will love this. It looks delicious Amanada and love the brown color!

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    Tia says:

    reminds me of monkey bread!

  9. 9
    Susan says:

    Your brot looks gut! I will have to try it.

  10. 10
    Tami says:

    Looks great, Amanda! I'm sure that I would like this bread.

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    Clueless_Cook says:

    As always….

    Das brot sieht sehr gut aus. Ich kann es kaum abwarten, es zu versuchen.

    The bread looks very good. I can not wait to try it.

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    Anonymous says:

    I was born and raised in Germany and until I came to this country, I had never heard of 'German Chocolate Cake'! I've always wondered who invented it? Anyway, if you're interested in German recipes, check out this site: http://kochbuch.unix-ag.uni-kl.de/

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    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    It looks delicious! It looks like a flat challah bread….yum!

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    noble pig says:

    I have to make this, I wonder how the dough hook would handle the kneading??

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    Cakelaw says:

    This looks fab! I have just ordered a German baking book, ad hope it contains lots of yummy recipes like this.

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    biz319 says:

    Okay, now you are making me hungry! I'll have to make that for my daughter's German class – so excited – we get our German exchange student in a month!

    She's so cute – she emailed my daughter and said "tell your Mum I don't expect a hot meal every day!" She has no idea what she's getting herself into! :D

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    Michelle says:

    OH MY…what a gorgeous pan of bread! Perfect! I think I would like the sesame seeds and salt instead of poppy seeds.

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    HoneyB says:

    Looks awesome! Loving your photos!

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    Chef Fresco says:

    This bread does look like a party! A party of lots of little bread rolls. Looks delicious!

  20. 20
    Amanda says:

    Thanks all! I asked my daughter how it was and she described it more as a bread than a roll, but that could be because it wasn't served warm from the oven. I will be making this again some day, when I do I will update this post and report :)

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    drifter says:

    Hi Amanda! I made this tonight because your directions are so straightforward and I wanted to make my first foray into the world of yeast. It tasted good, but I think I need more practice, my yeast did not rise:(

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    Caroline says:

    This looks gorgeous! I am new here and was just reading about freezing the pbj sandwiches when I saw these beautiful pictures! I would love to try this for sure and since our family has been using and loving this new whole wheat we tried called Kamut Khorasan Wheat, I would love to use this for the AP flour! Oh boy – I hope mine comes out like yours! Thanks so mcuh :) p.s. I have a mom blog at smilinggreenmom.com on green, healthy, natural and allergy free living if you ever want to stop by…I'd love to "see" you there!!! :D

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    Amanda says:

    Drifter – so sorry yours didn't rise! If the milk was too warm or worse yet, hot, it will kill the yeast. Another problem, though not as commonplace these days, is that your yeast may have been expired. Always be sure to check the expiration date on the package. If that wasn't it, be sure that the liquid that you add your yeast to is warm, warmer than room temp, but not as warm as a child's bath. If you have a candy thermometer, you want to shoot for a temp of 105-115, 110 being ideal. I hope you won't give up! :)

    Hi Caroline! I hope you try it, I've only made one thing with kamut flour and it came out pretty good ;) Would love to hear about it if you make it! I'll stop by and check out your blog :)

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    Amanda says:

    Cathy, I'm sorry I missed your comment question. You said "I have to make this, I wonder how the dough hook would handle the kneading??"

    It really didn't require too much kneading by hand, so I probably wouldn't bother dirtying up the dough hook and bowl! :)

  25. 25
    Barbara says:

    You always dish out the most scrumptious looking baked goods, and this recipe is no exception. Great photos too. Many thanks from this bread addict.

  26. 26
    Amanda says:

    Thank you so much Barbara!

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    Anonymous says:

    Dear Amanda
    i discovered your site and gorgeous recipes very recently… i have made a couple of things… but this bread was an immediate hit with my husband! thanks a lot! ! !

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    Amanda says:

    How fun! Thanks for letting me know :) I need to make this again. Since it went straight to my daughter's school, I never even had any! LOL

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