Monday, April 11, 2011

Brioche Bliss

Photo by Rachel Dedrickson

I have never been to France, yet I understand how a piece of brioche is something to covet. Brioche is sweet bread made with eggs and butter. It is somewhat cake-like. It's fluffy and buttery all the way through.

But brioche is not just bread. Brioche is an experience! Any decent brioche encounter incorporates honey or dab of raspberry jam and, of course, coffee or tea to wash it down.

Brioche also makes wonderful bread for French toast, which is a breakfast item I intend to tackle later this week.

There is not much else to say except...

Bon appetit!

Photo by Rachel Dedrickson

The Simplest Brioche

8 3/4 oz (1 2/3 cups) all-purpose flour
2 3/4 oz butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 dose dry baker’s yeast (1 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp fine sugar
1/3 cup warm milk
1 pinch salt
1 egg yolk for glaze

In a bowl, mix the flour with the yeast, make a hole in the middle.

Add the warm milk mixing with the tip of your fingers (if using a stand mixer, pour the milk slowly and steadily while mixing, with the hook attachment.)

Add the sugar and a pinch of salt, then add the soft butter, piece after piece, waiting each time that each piece is absorbed.

Then one by one, add the eggs, mixing well between each. Work the dough until it is elastic and detaches from your fingers more easily (or from the bowl of the stand mixer).

Cover and let rest in a warm place, away from drafts, for two hours, until it doubles in size.

Work the dough again for 10 min and divide it in four balls. Place them in a greased rectangular mold and cover. Let rise for an hour again.

Preheat the oven at 400 F.

Brush the brioche with the egg yolk mixed with a dash of sugar. With a pair of scissors, make small cuts at the top of each ball.

Place in the oven to bake for 10 min then reduce the heat to 350 F and bake for about 20 to 30 min.

Remove, unmold and let cool on a rack.


Photo by Rachel Dedrickson

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