German Twirl Bread

German Twirl Bread

These german-style sweet breads are a delicious snack for kids all ages! (And grown-ups..!) They have the perfect size for every lunch box!

Hörnchen is a traditional pastry and started most likely as Easter bread in monasteries.


For the Quark-oil dough

  • All purpose flour; 300g | 2 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder; 1 tsp
  • Lemon zest
  • Salt; pinch
  • Quark; 150g | 5.3oz (alternative greek yogurt)
  • Milk; 100ml | 1/2 cup (alternative oat milk)
  • Vegetable oil; 1/2 cup
  • Sugar; 3/8 cup

- Recommendation -

  • Organic lemon for the lemon zest would be best. Organic definitely comes without harmful pesticides. To be extra safe - wash before zesting.
  • If you can't get quark anywhere - just use greek yogurt. It works just as fine!
  • Oat milk is a great alternative for regular milk.

For the Topping

  • Egg yolk, 1
  • Water or milk; 1 Tbsp
  • Sesame seeds, 2 Tbsp

Prep Time: ~30min

Baking Time: 20min

Servings: 10-12

Making the dough

  • Mix flour & baking powder in your mixing bowl.
  • Add lemon zest, salt, quark (or yogurt) oil, milk and sugar.
  • If you are using Slidekickz™ with your Kitchenaid® stand mixer - now is the time to place your safety mat.
  • Mix ingredients on speed "stir" until combined.
  • Mix on speed level 2 until dough becomes smooth.

Forming twirls

  • Put a bit of flour over the dough and on your counter.
  • Take dough out of the bowl and place in front of you.
  • Start rolling the dough.
  • Divide the roll into 10-12 pieces.
  • Form every piece into a small roll, each ~7inch long.
  • Form into twirls.
  • Place your twirl breads onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix egg yolk and water (or milk) in a small bowl and brush the twirls.
  • Top with sesame seeds.
  • Bake at 375 F
  • After baking, let twirl breads cool off.


Guten Appetit!

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