Züpfe: Sunday special

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Bern's traditional Sunday bread is Züpfe, an ornate plaited loaf that has its origins in traditional farmers' cuisine. It is made of bread dough with added butter and milk: exactly how much has been a matter of dispute among bakers since time immemorial. One thing is essential, however: a coating of egg yolk, to give the loaf its characteristic golden colour. As well as forming part of a substantial brunch on Sundays, the Bernese Züpfe is traditionally enjoyed as part of the New Year's Day celebrations.

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