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Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8


for the butter plate:

  • 150 g butter
  • 25 g flour

for the yeast dough:

  • 25 g active yeast
  • 30 g butter
  • 250 g flour
  • 150 ml milk
  • 50 g sugar
  • salt

for the filling:

  • 60 g butter
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon


  1. Prepare the butter plate. Mix 150 g butter and 25g flour. Then take a plastic wrap and put the mixed butter and flour between one layer of plastic wrap. With a rolling pin roll the dough into a 20 x 12 cm plate. Leave in the wrapping and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. For the yeast dough warm up the milk and solve the active yeast inside the milk. In another bowl mix flour, sugar, melted butter and the salt. Slowly add the yeast-milk mix and knead together until dough is smooth. Wrap in and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Now comes the tricky part! Take the yeast dough out of the fridge and roll it into a 40 x 25 cm rectangle. Take the butter plate and place it right in the middle of the yeast dough (this should be easy because of the plastic wrap). Remove wrapping. Then fold the yeast dough around the butter plate until it's completely covered with it (just fold it lengthwise first and crosswise afterwards). Take your rolling pin again and carefully roll out the dough again until it's the same size gain (40 x 25 cm). Fold it again like before. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes repeat the rolling and folding part again. Then put the dough into the fridge for 1 hour.
  4. For the filling. Heat the butter and mix with the sugar and cinnamon. Take the dough out of the fridge and for the last time roll out until ist about 0,5 cm thick. Spread the filling all over, then slowly roll up from the long side. With a very sharp knife cut the roll into 5 cm long parts.
  5. Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare baking sheets with baking paper. Place the cutted rolls on a baking sheet. Now we disclose the secret of how to create the typical form of the Franzbrötchen: Take a wooden spoon with a round end and place the round end in the middle of one roll and press. Now you can see how at the right and left sides the dough comes out in spiral form. Optional you can sprinkle more cinnamon, sugar and butter over the rolls.
  6. Depending on your oven and the size of the Franzbrötchen bake them for about 20 minutes. After baking remove from oven and let them cool for 10-15 minutes on the baking sheet before remove completely to a wire rack.